Vermont State University Interim President Mike Smith released a plan last week to eliminate 33 full-time positions, including 21 at the executive, management, or supervisory level.
According to a VTSU news release, the newly unified school’s administration is 20% larger than peer institutions. The full plan is here (PDF). The Times Argus has coverage, including breakdowns by office area where the reductions in staff will be made. – today’s Journal-Opinion
Newport city manager dismissed – The Newport City Council voted to dismiss interim city manager Karen Geraghty, who has been on the job for only four months, the Newport Dispatch reports.
The vote, which was not featured on the original meeting agenda, was taken during a closed executive session, with the council voting 3-2 in favor of Geraghty’s termination. The council did not offer any public explanation for their decision.
Geraghty’s dismissal comes amid ongoing disputes between the council and the interim city manager over the respective roles of the city’s elected officials.
Tensions have been high in Newport’s city council meetings with disagreement over the roles of the mayor, city manager, and councilors. Earlier this year, a similar dispute led to the unexpected resignation of the former mayor, Beth Barnes.
Geraghty, in an emotional speech at the conclusion of Monday’s meeting, called for unity and an end to hostility within the community. She had been appointed interim city manager following the retirement of Laura Dolgin in June, and had been in contract negotiations for the permanent position.
Most popular Halloween candy in Vermont? – According to the 2023 Most Popular Halloween Candy Map from candystore.com, the most popular Halloween treats are M&M’s (37,694), Skittles (29,506), and Milky Way (20,683).