Fairhaven Building Inspector Overpays...

Fairhaven Building Inspector Overpays Himself $4234.00 Keeps Job ?

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Mar 25, 2013
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...

Fairhaven's Fostin disciplined for more than $4,000 in overpayment

By ARIEL WITTENBE RG
awittenberg@s-t.com
March 23, 2013 12:00 AM

FAIRHAVEN The Board of Selectmen in December reprimanded Building Inspector and Conservation Agent Wayne Fostin for overpaying himself more than $1,000 per year since September 2008.
As conservation agent, Fostin is supposed to be paid a stipend for 47 weeks per year. According to minutes from an executive session of the Board of Selectmen on Dec. 17, 2012, Fostin was incorrectly paid each year for 52 weeks, including five weeks a year that are supposed to be unpaid vacation.

Fostin was responsible for signing his own weekly payroll slips prepared by his secretary, according to the minutes. At the meeting, Fostin said the payroll department should have caught the error.

Also according to the minutes obtained by The Standard-Times, Fostin told selectmen "he has not been sharp the last 3 years due to personal issues."

"He thought that other town employees would serve as a fail-safe in regards to his pay," the minutes state.

At their December meeting, selectmen voted to suspend Fostin for four consecutive Wednesdays in January without pay and required him to repay the sum of $4,234 between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2013. The board also voted to have selectmen's secretary Anne Kakley review Fostin's future payrolls and sign off on them.

Fostin's reprimand was passed unanimously after two other suggestions failed. A proposal to put Fostin on probation for six months by Selectman Bob Espindola and a proposal for a one-week suspension by Board Chairman Brian Bowcock both failed to be seconded, according to the minutes.

The issue was brought to the board's attention in December when Fostin requested additional funds to pay for a recording secretary to attend Conservation Commission meetings and the Finance Committee reviewed the commission's budget.

Reached by phone Friday, Fostin said he did not have any comments on the matter, saying "I don't know what else to tell you about it other than it unfortunately happened and we are rectifying it."

At the meeting in December, the minutes say Espindola also questioned why Fostin had not been attending meetings of the Conservation Commission "and his general work performance." Fostin was accused in August by commission member Cora Peirce of using a racial slur to refer to a resident. According to the December minutes, Fostin "said he was concerned with attending" the meetings because of Peirce's presence.

On Friday, Fostin denied his absence was related to Peirce, saying instead "I discussed it with the chairman of the committee and he said they didn't need me for awhile so I took a break.

"Now I'm back there doing what I've been doing for 20 years."

Bowcock said last week that Fostin's meeting attendance and payroll issues "are two totally different things."

"As the conservation agent, he should be there. A payroll mistake has nothing to do with that," Bowcock said.
Vladimir S

New Bedford, MA

#3 Jan 24, 2017
Wayne Fostin is not one of Fairhaven's bright spots. He is a bully and does not keep the building owners' interests in mind. He is simply not a cooperative professional; rather, he is a petty bureaucrat who, perhaps due to being morbidly overweight, is exceptionally demeaning to almost everyone. Surly from the word go, and acts like he is doing you some sort of huge favor. What's more, his inspections are more or less cursory.

Here's a clue, Mr. Fostin: WE taxpayers are paying YOUR salary. You work for us. Not vice versa. Straighten up, fly right, and be a good guy. I respectfully urge our Selectmen to find a replacement.
Petty cash

United States

#4 Feb 14, 2017
Jack Kelly wrote:
http://www.southcoasttoday.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20 130323/NEWS/303230329

Fairhaven's Fostin disciplined for more than $4,000 in overpayment

By ARIEL WITTENBE RG
awittenberg@s-t.com
March 23, 2013 12:00 AM

FAIRHAVEN The Board of Selectmen in December reprimanded Building Inspector and Conservation Agent Wayne Fostin for overpaying himself more than $1,000 per year since September 2008.
As conservation agent, Fostin is supposed to be paid a stipend for 47 weeks per year. According to minutes from an executive session of the Board of Selectmen on Dec. 17, 2012, Fostin was incorrectly paid each year for 52 weeks, including five weeks a year that are supposed to be unpaid vacation.

Fostin was responsible for signing his own weekly payroll slips prepared by his secretary, according to the minutes. At the meeting, Fostin said the payroll department should have caught the error.

Also according to the minutes obtained by The Standard-Times, Fostin told selectmen "he has not been sharp the last 3 years due to personal issues."

"He thought that other town employees would serve as a fail-safe in regards to his pay," the minutes state.

At their December meeting, selectmen voted to suspend Fostin for four consecutive Wednesdays in January without pay and required him to repay the sum of $4,234 between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2013. The board also voted to have selectmen's secretary Anne Kakley review Fostin's future payrolls and sign off on them.

Fostin's reprimand was passed unanimously after two other suggestions failed. A proposal to put Fostin on probation for six months by Selectman Bob Espindola and a proposal for a one-week suspension by Board Chairman Brian Bowcock both failed to be seconded, according to the minutes.

The issue was brought to the board's attention in December when Fostin requested additional funds to pay for a recording secretary to attend Conservation Commission meetings and the Finance Committee reviewed the commission's budget.

Reached by phone Friday, Fostin said he did not have any comments on the matter, saying "I don't know what else to tell you about it other than it unfortunately happened and we are rectifying it."

At the meeting in December, the minutes say Espindola also questioned why Fostin had not been attending meetings of the Conservation Commission "and his general work performance." Fostin was accused in August by commission member Cora Peirce of using a racial slur to refer to a resident. According to the December minutes, Fostin "said he was concerned with attending" the meetings because of Peirce's presence.

On Friday, Fostin denied his absence was related to Peirce, saying instead "I discussed it with the chairman of the committee and he said they didn't need me for awhile so I took a break.

"Now I'm back there doing what I've been doing for 20 years."

Bowcock said last week that Fostin's meeting attendance and payroll issues "are two totally different things."

"As the conservation agent, he should be there. A payroll mistake has nothing to do with that," Bowcock said.
That's chump change compared to what law enforcement makes in Massachusetts.
Azure

United States

#5 Feb 14, 2017
Petty cash wrote:
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That's chump change compared to what law enforcement makes in Massachusetts.
They don't refer to Massachusetts as the bluest of blue states for no reason.

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