Within the next few weeks, the harbormaster search committee will complete their task of vetting candidates, and will present the top three names to the Bristol town council. Then it will be up to the town council to choose the next harbormaster.
The position evolved over the past 30 years under the direction of Joe Cabral. Since Mr. Cabral’s retirement in December 2012, assistant harbormaster Matthew Calouro has taken over as interim harbormaster. Mr. Calouro is also a candidate for the full time position.
“The next harbormaster has to have a vision of where the Bristol harbor is going to be in the next three to five years,” said David Barboza, chairman of the search committee.
Besides overseeing the harbor’s docks and moorings, and patrolling the town’s waterways to ensure the safety and well being of mariners, the harbormaster will be expected to make Bristol “warm and welcoming” to those arriving by water.
As part of the vetting process, the search committee narrowed the initial field of 18 applicants to a field of nine. Of those, only two currently hold a captain’s license as required. The others, said Mr. Barboza, are either in the process of completing the necessary training or awaiting renewals of expired licenses. The town council recently made exceptions to allow candidates whose captain’s license is pending, as long as they possess the certification at the time of employment.
The candidates listed below will be interviewed by the search committee, with the top three finalists moving on to the town council interview. (* denotes those in possession of captain’s license)
Matthew J. Caloluro, 118 Fales Rd.
Craig Grantham, 6 Broadview Drive
Matthew D. Hayes, 3 Bradford St.
* Carmen J. Inzitari, Jr., 15 Goulart Ave.
Charles A. Lombardo, 356 High St.
Gregg Marsili, 14 Westwood Road
Anthony Merryman, 59 Sherry Ave.
David F. Miller, 70 Gibson Road
* David Sylvaria, 1 Adelaide Ave.