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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Town Officials Depart

William DiLibero, from his LinkedIn page
At last night’s Town Council agenda meeting, the Council acted on the imminent departure of two major town officials.

One is William DiLibero, our Town Administrator.

The other is Kate Waterman, currently on the Planning Commission and formerly on the Town Council.

Now, before you hear rumors or wild speculation, both departures were expected and DiLibero’s is temporary.

In DiLibero’s case, he’s leaving on Monday, July 11 for a three-week program on State and Local Government at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. He is one of only three Rhode Island officials chosen for this program this year. There will be no cost to the town for him to attend this program.

While he is gone, Town Treasurer Patricia Anderson will serve as acting Town Administrator.

You may hear rumors spread by former Town Council President Jim Mageau that DiLibero is fleeing the jurisdiction to avoid Lisa DiBello’s legal action (or Charles Mauti’s long-running Hopkinton lawsuit), or that DiLibero is going to prison, or into rehab. Expect to see a new Marilyn Sheldon video on the internet featuring “Evil Corrupt William DiLibero.”

Kate Waterman’s departure is not temporary. She is resigning from her elected seat on the Planning Commission and will be replaced by first alternate James Abbott. The Town Council will solicit a volunteer to file the vacant alternate position. The Council will also present Waterman with a commendation for her years of service to the town at the regular Town Council meeting on Monday, July 11. DiLibero can end those rumors when he returns with his Harvard certificate.

Ms. Waterman has been a Charlestown fixture for a lot longer than I have been around. Sparks flew between her and Jim Mageau when they served on the Town Council together. As I understand it, Ms. Waterman, who is 80 and widowed, will be down-sizing and leaving Charlestown. I wish her well.

Author: Will Collette