Council renews a contract for Town Manager Nancy Dodge
In a unanimous vote, The Town Council decided to keep Town Manager Nancy Dodge in her role as Town Manager. It voted 5-0 to renew a contract, but did not decide on the specifics of the contract at a Wednesday, Aug. 28 meeting.
"It's to renew a contract, not to extend her current contract," said First Warden Kim Gaffett. Councilor Chris Warfel added that the Town Council could completely rewrite Dodge's contract at a future meeting.
The vote was taken after an amendment to the motion failed in a 1-4 vote. Second Warden Ken Lacoste, who made the amendment, was the only one who voted for it. Lacoste made various specifications about Dodge's contract, including a one-year term and goal-setting for areas of Dodge's performance that may need improvement. Other councilors did not agree with certain parts of Lacoste's amendment, or felt this discussion was better left to another meeting.
The council has been debating Dodge’s job performance since June 27. Previously, Dodge has received mixed reviews from the council. Two councilors, Sean McGarry and Chris Warfel, have been critical of Dodge. Councilor Norris Pike gave Dodge a highly favorable review, First Warden Kim Gaffett rated her favorably and Second Warden Ken Lacoste gave Dodge an average rating.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of The Block Island Times.