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UPDATED: Suso Out as Town Manager

The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 tonight not to renew the contract of Town Manager Julian Suso. Suso's current contract expires on June 30.

Citing a lack of vision and an unclear direction of how to move the town forward, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 last night not to renew the contract of Town Manager Julian Suso.

Each member of the board was quick to point out the integrity, high moral standards and ethical management that characterized Suso’s five-year tenure as town manager, but in the end the Selectmen could not reconcile their expectations with Suso’s accomplishments.

“I don’t see Mr. Suso’s vision as my vision of what I want for Framingham,” said Selectman Jason Smith, who was a member of the search team that recommended Suso be named Town Manager in 2006. “The board’s vision of where Framingham should be is going in a different direction (than Suso’s vision).”

In a prepared statement, Suso said, “I acknowledge and respect the decision of the majority of the board. I am proud of my accomplishments and I believe I will leave town government in a better place.”

In the time he has remaining as Framingham’s Town Manager, Suso pledged that he “will continue my work as a professional to move Framingham forward.” Suso’s contract expires on June 30.

“He did a tremendous job with bettering relations with Framingham State University. That’s a testament to Mr. Suso’s strengths,” said Smith. “But projects took too long to accomplish.”

“Five years ago, we got a true gentleman of high morals and integrity. A really nice guy,” said Selectman Charles Sisitsky. But the leadership skills that the Selectmen expected, “never materialized,” Sisitsky continued. “We’ve seen a settling into a reactive mode, not proactive. We need a person with vision for Framingham to progress.”

Selectman Laurie Lee concurred with Smith and Sisitsky. “You’ve done wonderful things for the town to move us forward,” she said, addressing Suso directly. “But we need a change.”

Selectman Ginger Esty was the only member of the board that supported Suso. “We have had some very difficult years,” she said. “He was given jobs and he accomplished them. He had jobs added and he accomplished them. I hope we don’t go backwards.”

Each of the Selectmen acknowledged that the decision they were making was difficult.

The motion not to renew Suso’s contract was made by Smith and it remained unresolved for a good minute as Selectman chairman Dennis Giombetti looked from one Selectman to another seeking a second.

Finally, Sisitsky said, “With great reluctance, I second the motion.”

Suso left the Ablondi Room quickly after the meeting was adjourned and was not available for comment.

After the meeting, Giombetti said that Selectmen will begin the process of searching for another town manager in the coming weeks.

 

Updated at 11 p.m.

Jim Rizoli March 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Jim Rizoli from CCFIILE.COM said....Suso put his hand in the hornets nest when he came to Framingham, and he got stung! Too much lawlessness, corruption for a nice guy like him. We need a town manager that recognizes how low Framingham has sunk and wants to be tough enough to bring it back up. Sad to see the town degenerate like this but this is where we are. For all you pie in the sky people, just read the MDNews and you will see what I'm saying is true. Time to clean up the town one selectman at a time.
Jim Rizoli March 23, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Jim Rizoli from CCFIILE.COM said....You think there would be a ton of comments on this one...LOL I guess everyone must agree with me.....Ya right!
Joe Rizoli June 23, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com Lack of vision? The town has put on blinders.Who has the lack of vision? While I think Julian is a wonderful person he did nothing to settle the illegal alien problem in Framingham. The previous Town Manager George King also did nothing. The town would do itself real credibility if it got a town manager who is a CONSTITUTIONALIST, one who FIRMLY believes in rule of LAW and one who will stand up to the Illegal alien community and fire the police chief. Any police chief that works with the ADL should be fired. That organization is a CRIMINAL organization. It is nothing but a miniature Israeli Mossad. Lastly, the Town manager should stop working with the religious agencies who aid and abet Illegal aliens to come to Framingham with their social programs. Included in this would be the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. They all do it. You want vision I just gave you 20/20 vision. Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com CCFIILE@gmail.com

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