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More top managers leave Newton city government

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  May 13, 2013 10:58 AM

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Newton City Hall is losing more top managers, after a year of shakeups in Mayor Setti Warren’s administration.

The city’s Human Resources Director Dolores Hamilton will leave to become the personnel director in Framingham at the end of the month.

Hamilton has been with the City of Newton for nearly 16 years, but under Warren’s 2013-2014 budget proposal she was going to step down and become the new director of labor relations. As the head of the human resources department Hamilton’s annual salary was $116,021, but as the labor relations director she would have earned $87,045.

Hamilton’s last day is May 24, said Bob Rooney, the city’s chief operating officer.

Hamilton told employees in an e-mail that the Framingham job would mean a shorter commute for her.

“We really appreciate her service with the employees,” Rooney said.

Newton also lost its performance manager Michael Herbert a few weeks ago. Herbert took a job as Ashland’s assistant town manager. Herbert started in Newton in early December. Hebert was the second person hired for the performance manager position in three years.

Some aldermen have expressed concern about the turnover and have worried about the morale among city staff.

Rooney said employees leave for various reasons. He and Warren have said that morale is not a problem among city employees.

The city’s building commissioner and chief information officer were dismissed in March. The secretary of the city’s election commission retired in January on short notice, just two months before a citywide vote on a property tax increase. The city’s transportation director was dismissed last July, a month after a transportation engineer resigned to take a state job.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com

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