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Somerville alderman resigns, accepts part-time job with city

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 14, 2012 10:28 AM

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Somerville Alderman Bill Roche resigned Thursday and has accepted an offer to work part-time as the city's interim director of personnel.

Roche, who has served on the board for 17 years representing Ward 1, said increasing family obligations were making it difficult to fully satisfy his duties as an alderman.

"I still thoroughly enjoy the job, however I found that due to conflicting personal, social and family priorities I am no longer able to dedicate the time required to effectively and successfully do the job," he said during the Aldermen meeting Thursday.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced Roche's appointment as interim personnel director shortly after his resignation Thursday. Roche's salary at his new position will depend on the number of hours he puts in with the city, as he will work around his full-time job as Safety and Compliance Manager for utility company NSTAR, according to an announcement from the city.

Curtatone said he began to work out an agreement with Roche to work for the city on an interim basis when he learned of his plans to resign.

"Bill's assistance even on a part-time basis will be invaluable," Curtatone said in a statement. "As soon as he told me about his plans to retire as alderman, I jumped at the chance to get his help."

The city has been without a personnel director since the end of November, when Sarah Kloos resigned for family reasons. Roche has worked at NSTAR for over 40 years, and in its human resources department since 1999, the announcement said.

Roche's tasks will include finding a permanent personnel director and filling other vacancies, and negotiating contracts, Curtatone said.

At Roche's request, the Board of Alderman appointed School Committee member Maureen Bastardi to take his seat on the board of alderman. She was sworn in following Roche's resignation.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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