With the resignation of Harbormaster Joe Cabral, the town of Bristol needs to decide who will manage and enforce the town’s public waterways and docking facilities. When Mr. Cabral’s resignation was announced by town council vice chairman, David Barboza, the councilman said that he would like the hiring process to be put on the “fast track,” rather than risk public safety.
The position was quickly posted on the town’s website and, as of Oct. 23, three applicants were placed on the town council agenda for review at the Oct. 24 meeting.
During Mr. Cabral’s tenure, the harbormaster is a part-time position, paying an annual salary of $26,000 plus benefits. The assistant harbormaster, however, is a full-time position, with an annual salary of $45,500 plus benefits.
Under the recently revised job description, the new harbormaster will be employed by the town on a full-time basis, working a flexible 40-hour work-week and on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Currently serving as the town’s assistant harbormaster, Matthew Calouro, of 118 Fales Rd. is an applicant for the harbormaster job. Mr. Calouro is also on the payroll in the town of Warren where he serves as that town’s harbormaster, a part-time position. He is currently on medical leave in both towns due to an injury sustained on the job in Bristol.
Besides Mr. Calouro, the other applicants who are seeking the position are Matthew D. Hayes, 3 Bradford Street and Stephen Annarummo, 12 Monterey Drive.
Under the revised job description, the new harbormaster will be hired as a full-time, 40-hour, employee. As outlined in the job description, for consideration, the harbormaster candidates are expected to have 5 years experience, as well as hold a U.S. Coast Guard Captain License. They must have harbormaster certification; a boating safety certificate or equivalent; appropriate law enforcement education/certification; R.I. CPR/AED life-saving certification; and a valid RI motor vehicle license.
The town council is expected to review the applicants’ qualifications before scheduling interviews. At the Oct. 10 town council meeting, Mr. Barboza said he wanted to fill the vacancy by Nov. 14.