A contract between the town and Mr. Wojcik, who was in Town Hall for the occasion, was approved and signed Monday evening.
Mr. Wojcik was scheduled officially to begin his duties Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., but he took a seat with the council as an observer during its meeting Monday.
In the audience at the time the appointment was made early in the meeting were Mr. Wojcik’s wife Christi, and his 11-year-old son Arden.
“It’s a privilege to be here and I appreciate the offer,” Mr. Wojcik said in public comments moments after the vote. “Public service is an honor, and you always serve at the pleasure of the public.”
Since December 2009, Mr. Wojcik has held the position of Director of Economic Development and Human Services for the City of Woonsocket.
In that capacity he was involved in business recruitment for the city, served as a board member for various city organizations, and was executive director of the Woonsocket Redevelopment Agency.
He also served as a point of contact for the city with social service agencies and the local senior center.
From March 2005 to November 2009 he served in the office of the Governor as Deputy Director of Appointments, recruiting, screening, and interviewing candidates for state boards and commissions.
Mr. Wojcik is a graduate of Georgetown University, with an M.S. in International Business/Trade/Commerce, and a J.D. (law degree) in international law and legal studies. He speaks Polish.
Mr. Wojcik’s three-year contract calls for a first year salary of $90,000, a probationary period of six months, and the possibility of salary increases after the probationary period (of up to 1.5%) and subject to negotiation annually thereafter.
Mr. Wojcik succeeds James Goncalo, who served since 2008 as Town Administrator until last November, when he abruptly resigned in the wake of a controversy involving his handling of allegations involving Bob Martin, the town’s former maintenance foreman.
During his term, Mr. Goncalo had been paid $83,900 annually.
Under his contract, Mr. Wojcik will be provided with a cell phone and the sum of $2,500 annually to partially compensate him for the use of his personal vehicle for official use.
He will also be provided a term life insurance policy in the amount of $100,000. Mr. Goncalo’s contract had provided for a $50,000 term life policy.