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Mayoral Administrator To Assume New London ODP Director Duties

Mayor Daryl Finizio announces administrator Tammy Daugherty will take on responsibilities of Kristin Havrila Clarke after Clarke takes new job next month

The administrator in Mayor Daryl Finizio's office will assume a dual role as director of the Office of Development and Planning after the current director steps down at the end of the month, Finizio announced this afternoon.

Finizio said Kristin Havrilla Clarke, whom Finizio appointed as ODP director when he took office, is leaving the job on April 1 to accept an economic development position with the Town of Groton.

"I want to thank Director Clarke for her service to New London and wish her, and her family, all the best in the future," Finizio said.

Finizio said he is appointing Tammy Daugherty, an administrator in the mayor's office, to take on the roles of both the ODP director and administrator upon Clarke's departure. Daugherty currently receives a $52,000 salary with benefits, while Clarke was paid a $90,000 salary with benefits. Finizio said Daugherty will receive a $72,000 salary under the new arrangement, but estimated that it will result in a savings to the city of of $75,000 due to the overall reduction in salaries and a payment of benefits for one person rather than two.

Finzio said Daugherty has developed working relationships with developers and city councilors in her current role.

"In discussions with developers and Council members preceding this decision, broad support was expressed for Ms. Daugherty filling this position at a time when so many development projects are in the works in the city," he said. "Many developers were pleased that Ms. Daugherty would provide continuity in city-developer relations at this critical time when we approach ground breaking at Fort Trumbull, work to establish the United States Coast Guard Museum in New London, and work on numerous other development and regionalization projects."

Daugherty has served as the mayor's office liaison to the Renaissance City Development Association, City Center District, New London Main Street, the Planning and Zoning Commission, OpSail 2012, the New London Port Authority, and the Economic Development Commission. She has also been involved in regionalization efforts for dispatch services, emergency communications, and animal control.

"Having worked closely with Ms. Daugherty I can say she enjoys my full confidence to take on this new role." Finizio said. "New London is lucky to have such a dedicated public servant willing to take on these added responsibilities as we consolidate positions to save money and continue our development efforts."

Daugherty said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the city I love and to continue to work with the dedicated professionals who tirelessly promote and work to improve our community."

Clarke, who formerly served as the assistant director of Planning and Development in Ledyard, is also a former consultant for New London Main Street and archivist for New London Landmarks.

"At this time in my career, I had to do what was in the best interests of my family and my long term career goals," Clarke said "I want to thank the knowledgeable and wonderful staff in the Office of Development and Planning that I have enjoyed working with. I believe in New London's great development potential and wish the administration all the best in its work to see it realized."

Finizio's appointment of Clarke and Daugherty caused some controversy, since funding for the ODP director and some other administrative positions named by Finizio had been proposed but not approved for the 2012 fiscal year. The City Council later approved the funding for Clarke and Daugherty's positions as well as a deputy fire chief, but the salary for the ODP director and Daughterty were some of the ones that were cut in the Council's initial approved budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Finizio vetoed this budget, in part because he said it eliminated crucial administrative positions such as the ODP director.

Finizio named Daugherty as his office administrator and principal secretary during his cabinet appointments. He announced that Daugherty had been laid off following the rejection of the first post-veto budget at referendum, but later said Daugherty remained on staff since her position was being funded through the fiscal year with funds from the Finance Department, according to The Day.

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Spencer March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Ohhh...boy.....
Spencer March 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM
In a sense--this could be a good move--Since Tammy won't be making the 90 grands Kristen made, and they won't hire somebody else to do whatever it is Tammy does now...this could save a few grands for NL. so we shall see how this go. In that regards--congrads to Tammy--and Kristen, make sure you still come into town to do business with our local people!!
William Desmond March 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM
OMG FIzzio Hyslop and Nolan do not constitute overwhelming support. Man up boy mayor and list the names of who supported making this uneducated and unqualified real estate agent a director of the office of development and planning. If there was any real support the mayor would have listed the names of the councilors that support him in this decision and quotes would have been included. Dirk do your job speak to each councilor and fact check this buffoon. Just when you thought it could not get any worse in New London.
Dirk Langeveld March 13, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Given the timing of this press release, received after completing a story on a murder sentencing and port funding proposal, I'm sorry that I didn't have the time to call the entire City Council in the 15 minutes available to me before I had to run off to cover a school budget hearing. It's been incredibly busy lately and I'm one person. Hopefully I'll be able to get in touch with councilors tomorrow.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 01:37 AM
We know you will Dirk--and that information will be useful!!
Kathleen Mitchell March 13, 2013 at 01:37 AM
William Desmond, You wouldn't be telling Dirk to do his job if you had read the little that The Day had printed about this administrative transfer. Also, Dirk and William and Spencer-I'm applying for the position of Director of Public Works. Could I use you as references?
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Kathy--tell them to call me first!! I will give a work up to your character for sure!!!
Sue P. March 13, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Kathleen the way you are so lousy with numbers I would think you would be great for the Finance Directors job. This way when you screw up the numbers you'll have the excuse that you don't know how to add. I think that is a much better excuse then I don't know.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Great idea Sue---then you can take the job for the director of Public Works!
Sue P. March 13, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Spencer I want to be the Police Chief and I want to be the Police Chief now.
James Droflas March 13, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Kathleen,pick up and dispose of the solid waste and filth around your house and then ask for references.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 03:32 AM
No--no Sue--I got you peg for fire cheif--considering how many fires you get started in this town!
Kathleen Mitchell March 13, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Leon, That's actually one of the reasons why I want to be the Director of Public Works! If I get the job as Director, I wouldn't put up with this situation for a minute. But, right now, I'm not the property owner and, I might add, am paying a very substantial amount for the privilege of a fantastic water view but an inability to look at or use my back and side yards. I am not the only one who has reported this situation to the zoning officials more than once but, as you have noticed, it still exists. I even reported it to NIP-IT when that program was still in existence for all the good that did. If you want to be a really good guy(or girl as the case may be)why don't you also report it?
Smell the desperation March 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Omg! What about her old job that the mayor said is critical to the city's survival. Who will post on facebook all day and pander to 20 people still supporting the mayor? I suppose since nearly every person who supports him and writes comments has been appointed to something, he will be able to keep control without a gatekeeper. Kristin, who according to Daryl was so committed to the city, left a job to take a $18,000 pay cut. How long before she moves back to Waterford. Well played Daryl. She left because of the lack of leadership and direction and she knew her skill set is better suited for something else. The frightening part is even with her lack of appropriate qualification, she was far more qualified than Tammy for the job. Then again, none of his appointments were based on qualifications or a proper interview process. Corruption comes in many favors and it seems Daryl has dusted off patronage and will stunt any chance of moving forward. How long before Stillman pulls out of fort Trumball? The king is dead, long live the king!
Simone Burke March 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM
The mayor has stated time and again that he will seek to appoint only the most qualified individuals to these positions. While Tammy may have a few connections from previous employment (which may actually prove to be a conflict of interest in the future) and she exudes a feel-good vibe, she simply is lacking the necessary credentials to fill the shoes of the ODP Director. The tasks associated with that position require a firm background in municipal/urban planning, an in-depth understanding of economic, zoning and legal issues and strong demonstrated managerial skills. This is simply a ploy by the mayor to save Tammy from getting the axe once again during this year's budget go-round. Perhaps a nice gesture on the mayor's part, but a severe disservice to the taxpayers. Good luck Ms. Clarke in your endeavors. You will be sorely missed.
Felicia Hendersen March 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Kathleen, you are more than qualified, you must become a green party member first and them pledge allegiance to Daryl and his kingdom.
Felicia Hendersen March 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
"The mayor has stated time and again that he will seek to appoint only the most qualified individuals to these positions" That statement by the mayor was taken out of context. He meant that if he had no friends, supporters of family that wanted the job then and only then he would seek to appoint only the most qualified individuals to these positions. Think about what he means not what he says.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM
The NIP-IT program got cut?? But that program helped solve a lot of big problems!!!
NewLondonSource March 13, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I think we can all agree that Tammy lacks the necessary, and more importantly - pertinent, experience for this position. While this fact may be reflected in the reduced salary (from Kristin's pay), it still does not fix the fact that it will be a disservice to NL Taxpayers as she comes up the learning curve. I read a comment to the accompanying article over at The Day that, if true, is extremely puzzling. It seems that there were other ODP employees with much more pertinent experience that would have loved the opportunity to lead, but were not even asked. How sad if Daryl was not willing to even entertain promoting from within the department. Regardless, Daryl seems to have put Tammy between a rock and a hard place, as she will have her work cut out for her from a perspective of learning the ins and the outs of the ODP, as well as motivating subordinates that may have been burned by Daryl basically handing her the position.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM
NLS--you mean this post--? J-dogPosted: March 13, 2013 8:23 am Well here are some facts for you then. FACT: Over a ½ dozen ODP employees have a MASTERS Degree. All whose collective city time and experience probably is close to 100 years. FACT: The other long term city ODP employees have Bachelors degrees, Associates or have been State certified in their related fields. It is a slap in the face to these long term employees who have spent some of their own money to better themselves in hope of promotion; to than have a secretary promoted at a sign of a pen without ANY consideration for anyone else who is actually qualified. Yeah--that is disturbing--but what is even more disturbing is Kathleen's response to a question about Tammy's educational background-- Kathleen MitchellPosted: March 13, 2013 9:13 am moonwolfct, According to LinkedIn and other online information, Tammy is a 1988 graduate of Concord High School, Concord, NH and is "In progress, Business Administration and Management, General" at Mitchell College.
Felicia Hendersen March 13, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Kathleen, We all know the Day does a pathetic job, we expect and get more from the PATCH and Dirk.
Spencer March 13, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Is it possible that Daryl didn't want to pay for those Masters---or perhaps raise up anybody's salary beyoond what the salaries are right now? Either way--you know there will be some ill feelings toward Tammy---whether warrented or not. It is just a natural thing that humans do--Especially with inner office changes like this!
James Droflas March 14, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Come Back Bruce Hyde all is forgiven! Sorry, I should say, forgive us Bruce we knew not what we needed.(or voted for) Thinking of reapplying BH?
Sue P. March 14, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I don't want to bash Tammy because I have heard she is truly a honest and caring person. So I instead decided to ask her to search her heart and ask herself is it really a good idea to take a job away from a person that went to college to do this job? Does she feel comfortable knowing that this was done on the slide knowing that it is not fair to the citizens and other employees of the city. Does she deep down inside feel that she deserves this job? I think the best thing for Tammy to do is some soul searching. A nice thank you note to the Mayor saying thanks but no thanks would be the best thing for the city. That would be the right thing to do. In my opinion Tammy is only setting herself up for failure and a lot of Conflict of interest lawsuits. How could Tammy be able to work with Tony Silvestri when he use to be her boss? Tony is one of the major developers in the city. How does he feel about working with Tammy? I personally think that there should have been a little more thought put into this deal. Also Tammy has to realize that this job would only be for 2 more years and then what?
Smell the desperation March 14, 2013 at 09:12 AM
“New London has new leadership,” Finizio began his victory speech to loud cheers. “I assure the people of New London that this administration will make you proud. It will be an administration with full honesty, transparency and integrity. Corruption, favoritism, abuse of power by any official in any department will not be tolerated.” What a complete joke.
Spencer March 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM
A round of applause for you Sue, because I wholeheartedly agree!! Especially when you consider the fact that Tammy will be in charge of people who have been making big time decisions about this town since before Daryl or Tammy were even born!!! It is not like there is an emergency need to replace Kristen TODAY and this instant. We got the news of this story on Tuesday of this week, but in reality how long was it actually talked about at the administrative level? Kristen is not leaving until March 31st--so at this point it is still almost 3 weeks of a noticfication. And if this has been discussed last week--that is a whole month of a noticfication. Most emplyers ask for a 2 weeks notice--and here we have a possible 30 days notice? Surely there would be plenty of time to do the "Put your resume in", or an inner office memo? I can't even begin to think what went through the mind of somebody who been through college, and paid thier dues to the city--when he/she read the memo--"Get ready to work with your new boss 'Tammy Daughert'!!! I know my chin is still hurting from having my jaw drop to the table when I first saw the news--and I don't even work at the office!!!
Spencer March 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Combine this with the fact that there are kids out there who just graduated from college this past June, who have been earnestly looking for work in thier field--but have been waiting on tables instead because they can not find a job--who would give thier right arms for an experience like this at even an entry level position!
Kathleen Mitchell March 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Living in the Land of the Looney Kathleen Mitchell Mar 13, 2013 "In New London and under this administration, it does, indeed, pay, and in cold hard cash, to know the right people." Read Full Post
Matthew Macunus Jr. March 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Damn had I only supported the little prince I could have been the Director of ODP.
Dennis Downing March 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM
William, are you saying that Hyslop and Nolan did not support this move and if so how do you know this.

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