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Malden, MA

#1 Jun 13, 2008
Joe Hickey was just named the cities Veterans Officer

Best of Luck Joe
State Ethics Commission

Boston, MA

#2 Jun 13, 2008
And we'll be glad to approve that after the standard six month waiting period.
Marie

Everett, MA

#3 Jun 13, 2008
Thought Carlo said the most qualified for the position didn't live in Everett. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!
Miles Prower

Medford, MA

#4 Jun 13, 2008
Now Now we know Carlo is just too sensitive to take this type of criticism but..........CARLO WOULD YOU LIKE A COPY OF YOUR ARTICLE: EVERETT MAYOR MAY HAVE TO EAT WORDS AND WE ALL KNOW YOU THINK YOU ARE "ABOVE THE LAW"

"DeMaria said he interviewed 17 candidates and decided one from outside the city was the most qualified, but then found that "everyone" he consulted said he should choose an Everett resident."

The councilors who've applied for the position are: Millie Cardello, Ward 1, and councilors Joseph Hickey and John "Leo" McKinnon, of Ward Four, DeMaria said.

Other local candidates for the job include a man who also is applying for a position on the city's police force and another who recently returned from service in Iraq, the mayor said.

"Gone are the days," he said, "when the city employees are hired because of their acquaintances instead of their qualifications."

I GUESS THE IRAQ VETERAN WAS NOT AS QUALIFIED AS HIS POLITICAL HACK!
Sick of it

Medford, MA

#5 Jun 13, 2008
You left out some important factors.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusett...

Left unanswered is a potential conflict-of-interest issue if DeMaria selects one of the councilors.

State ethics law requires that "No councillor shall be eligible for appointment to such additional position while a member of said council or for six months thereafter."
Don Tomasino

Medford, MA

#6 Jun 14, 2008
Baby Huey no knows any better.
hello

Everett, MA

#7 Aug 14, 2008
Miles Prower wrote:
Now Now we know Carlo is just too sensitive to take this type of criticism but..........CARLO WOULD YOU LIKE A COPY OF YOUR ARTICLE: EVERETT MAYOR MAY HAVE TO EAT WORDS AND WE ALL KNOW YOU THINK YOU ARE "ABOVE THE LAW"
"DeMaria said he interviewed 17 candidates and decided one from outside the city was the most qualified, but then found that "everyone" he consulted said he should choose an Everett resident."
The councilors who've applied for the position are: Millie Cardello, Ward 1, and councilors Joseph Hickey and John "Leo" McKinnon, of Ward Four, DeMaria said.
Other local candidates for the job include a man who also is applying for a position on the city's police force and another who recently returned from service in Iraq, the mayor said.
"Gone are the days," he said, "when the city employees are hired because of their acquaintances instead of their qualifications."
I GUESS THE IRAQ VETERAN WAS NOT AS QUALIFIED AS HIS POLITICAL HACK!
Coucilman mckinnon did not go for tha job!
He is already a State commander and VSO on the state level.
Everett Born N Raised

Malden, MA

#8 Aug 14, 2008
FACT: Leo did go for that job
Mike

Cambridge, MA

#9 Aug 14, 2008
Yes, he did go for that job and the announcement was made public.

HICKEY NAMED VETERANS DIRECTOR - Bowing to the wishes of constituents, Mayor Carlo DeMaria has tapped local resident Joseph Hickey to be the city's new Veterans Services director. Hickey, a Ward 4 common councilor, resigned his seat on the board Monday night. After a three-month search that included interviews with 18 candidates, DeMaria announced his decision Tuesday. "I was impressed by a couple of candidates that resided outside of Everett who have experience in benefits administration," DeMaria said in a news release. "Ultimately, I decided to honor the wishes of the Everett veterans that I spoke to about this position, who all advised me that it was important to them that the director be a resident of the city." In addition to Hickey, Millie Cardello a common councilor from Ward 1, and Ward 4's John McKinnon also applied for the position. DeMaria said Hickey's combat experience as a two-tour Vietnam veteran was one of the key factors in getting the job. State ethics law requires that no councilors shall be eligible for a local appointment while a member of the council or for six months after leaving office. Erin Deveney, DeMaria's chief of staff, said that before the mayor made his final selection, he required Hickey to get an opinion from the state ethics board on whether the appointment violated rules. Hickey said the board cleared the appointment, according to Devaney. "We obviously take Mr. Hickey at his word that he has done it," Deveney said. "If it became an issue, we can request the councilor to request a written opinion and he can disclose that publicly." Hickey's pay for the full-time job is $53,106.- Kay Lazar
Miles Prower

Medford, MA

#10 Aug 14, 2008
This issue is so old. My concern is this was not done legally, per MGL, and we have the Mayor's "Chief of Staff" who he always speaks of as "Oh so qualified" that comes out and says "Hickey said it was okay"

How about getting a written ruling from State Ethics?? We already know she did AFTER she accepted the Solicitor Position and she was told....no.

She speaks well, and I'm sure that makes her a good lawyer but trying to do things above the law is too much.
Everett Born N Raised

Malden, MA

#11 Aug 14, 2008
Joe and Millie both got letters from State Ethics
before they even applied for the job.
Just like Tom Ciulla did before he took the Code Enforcement Job.

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#12 Aug 14, 2008
Mike wrote:
Yes, he did go for that job and the announcement was made public.
HICKEY NAMED VETERANS DIRECTOR - Bowing to the wishes of constituents, Mayor Carlo DeMaria has tapped local resident Joseph Hickey to be the city's new Veterans Services director. Hickey, a Ward 4 common councilor, resigned his seat on the board Monday night. After a three-month search that included interviews with 18 candidates, DeMaria announced his decision Tuesday. "I was essed by a couple of candidates that resided outside of Everett who have experience in benefits administration," DeMaria said in a news release. "Ultimately, I decided to honor the wishes of the Everett veterans that I spoke to about this position, who all advised me that it was important to them that the director be a resident of the city." In addition to Hickey, Millie Cardello a common councilor from Ward 1, and Ward 4's John McKinnon also applied for the position. DeMaria said Hickey's combat experience as a two-tour Vietnam veteran was one of the key factors in getting the job. State ethics law requires that no councilors shall be eligible for a local appointment while a member of the council or for six months after leaving office. Erin Deveney, DeMaria's chief of staff, said that before the mayor made his final selection, he required Hickey to get an opinion from the state ethics board on whether the appointment violated rules. Hickey said the board cleared the appointment, according to Devaney. "We obviously take Mr. Hickey at his word that he has done it," Deveney said. "If it became an issue, we can request the councilor to request a written opinion and he can disclose that publicly." Hickey's pay for the full-time job is $53,106.- Kay Lazar
I am still wondering why they didi not just leave the original man in the position? Any thoughts on that?
Miles Prower

Medford, MA

#14 Aug 14, 2008
One more thing I forgot to add.....where was Hickey all these years?? Never once did he put on the agenda that it was illegal to not have a VSO and just this year alone we went 6 months with one while he STILL served on the common council. All he cared about was the money, not the people.

Then we had the exhaustive state wide search and the Mayor wasted everyone else time and HE was the one who published the names of the Everett applicants in the GLOBE. All he had to say was there were two other "candidates" from Everett.
Miles Prower

Medford, MA

#15 Aug 15, 2008
I have plenty to say on that. Walter Rice did a phenomenal job as Veteran's Commissioner. Before he took over in 2006, there were only 20 vets in the system. Walter literally walked the streets bringing veterans in that did not know they were entitled to these benefits. Now in 2008 we have 90 vets in the system. 75% of these benefits are state refundable. These are people that fought and put their lives on the line for our freedom.

Now, Walter Rice goes on a planned vacation. While he is on "vacation" the names of all the chapter 115 recipients was requested by the mayor. The Mayor's office was told they had to wait for Walter to return. On the Monday that he returned, he called the mayor's office to let them know that state law does not allow him to release these names to anyone, including the mayor. Walter called the veterans legal council to make sure he was correct, and he was. Then later on that day (the day he returns from a planned vacation, and spent money) Carlo calls him in and and says "we are going in a new direction, I am letting you go"

What bugs me is back in December, more than one person overheard Joe Hickey in the Connolly center saying he was next in line for the position. If the Mayor had informed Walter then, I don't think this would have been such a big deal but the fact remains Walter was tossed under a bus for doing nothing wrong by both the mayor and his "Brother Veteran Hickey" not only is it illegal that Hickey is in that position but it's ethically wrong to make it political. Walter is a veteran of our military service and he was treated like a piece of trash for only caring. Then Mr. Brandano was also a victim of political backlash. I don't these tactics at all.
Everett Person

Everett, MA

#16 Aug 15, 2008
Hay Miles
Must we go through this again.
Walter could not control his temper and went in the Mayors office more than once with threats and name calling! I know that I wouldn't be able to behave the way he did and still have a job!
Now please tell Walter to get over it and move on with his life. If you want to be involved you need to know how to play and he didn't!
Miles Prower

Medford, MA

#17 Aug 15, 2008
Walter called him a name because of the unethical manner in they way he was let go. All he did was ask if this was about HICKEY who was LOBBING for the position even during the Hanlon administration.

BTW: Per MGL, that is prohibited. Hickey is a political hack that was hired for political favors....not the best interests of the veterans.

Were was Hickey all these years while on the common council when he could have done something for the veterans and stand up for their rights?? He certainly was no dauntless defender for the veterans and you would think HIM of all people would say in 2006...."Geesh, we only have 20 vets in the system...with the Iraq/Afghanistan war going on.... something is wrong" ......Did he do that??? NO, he did not! All he cared about was collecting a paycheck and lobbing a position away from a fellow veteran. NO CLASS.

"Gone are the days," he said, "when the city employees are hired because of their acquaintances instead of their qualifications."

He's more full of it than Hickey.
Crow Lane Landfill

Medford, MA

#18 Aug 15, 2008
Everett Person wrote:
Hay Miles
Must we go through this again.
Walter could not control his temper and went in the Mayors office more than once with threats and name calling! I know that I wouldn't be able to behave the way he did and still have a job!
Now please tell Walter to get over it and move on with his life. If you want to be involved you need to know how to play and he didn't!
You are speaking of a VSO that didn't know how to play? I was not aware that a veterans office was a game to the mayor. Thanks for that info. Its just confirms more that he cant handle the position. You just showed blatant disrespect to veterans. I'm Just wondering.... dont you have any pride?
drGonzo

Manchester, NH

#19 Aug 16, 2008
Does anyone know if there is a website with the salaries of Political positions(appointed and voted in) in Everett?
I'm curious and would like to compare them with the State and National averages.

I would like to research the salary base for these type of jobs!
at the budget

Medford, MA

#20 Aug 16, 2008
From what I can recall from the budget hearing

Mayor Assistant-mid-90,000.00
City Solicitor-Carlo school friend mid 90's went from 68K to mid 90K
Claytone Carlisle budget director hired for knowledge of landfill and Thebeault old friend mid 90's
Brian Zaniboni city services was a truck driver for Thebeault. mid 90's

And just recently we have Matt Laidlaw son of Jason Marcus girlfriend that walks into a created position at 77K for a favor and a woodwaste vote. Note Jasons sudden change of heart about woodwaste and how kisses up to carlo. One more year and the people of ward 2 need to speak and get rid of this puppet and stop paying that clown a paycheck on the taxpayers.
at the budget

Medford, MA

#21 Aug 16, 2008
Laidlaw position communications director. Not necessary. Thats why the assistant is there.

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