Former city Councilor Tom Ragaini said New Britain has four aides helping the mayor and there’s nothing to stop the mayor and council from adding at least one.
He said a COO would make almost as much as the mayor, or more, and he’s not sure where the money would come from.
“When you call the mayor’s office, you try to get hold of the mayor,” Ragaini said, but an aide could handle some of those.
He said people elect the mayor and want whoever is picked to be in charge.
“I just don’t see the need for it,” Ragaini said.
He said former Mayor Gerard Couture took “a baby step” toward its creation when he had a $25,000-a-year, part-time assistant. He said officials could go further in creating a new position if it’s needed.
Furey said the new post “would help all of the officials” in a high-pressure time to get work done.
But Ragain said the mayor and council can create a similar post today without changing the charter.
“If you’re elected president of a corporation,” Ragaini said, “you’re going to want your own people, that you know. Maybe they’re from Bristol and maybe they’re not.”
Ragaini said it makes sense to have trusted aides in the mayor’s office, but not a $100,000 professional to do the work.
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