Bristol harbormaster off fast track; Council sidetracked over job requirements


Finding a replacement to fill the harbormaster position that Joe Cabral will leave vacant on Dec. 1 may be more difficult than originally thought.

When Mr. Cabral submitted his letter of resignation, council vice chairman David Barboza said that “out of an abundance of caution” he wanted the hiring to be on the “fast track” so as not to leave the harbor unprotected.

At the town council meeting on Oct. 24, the position was discussed, revealing that there are many details of the position that need to be clarified before any decision is made.

“Being on the fast track is not going to get us anywhere,” said councilman Tony Teixeira.

Instead, Mr. Teixeira suggested that the council work with other groups that have an interest in Bristol’s waterways, such as Save Bristol Harbor, the harbor commission and the police department for enforcement advice before moving forward.

“Here’s a great opportunity to restructure the department,” Mr. Teixeira said.

The harbormaster department evolved over the past 30 years when Mr. Cabral started the position. More recently, a committee was established to develop job descriptions for various town positions, including that of the harbormaster.

“One of the things we have to make pretty clear is that the job description is a recommendation,” Mr. Barboza said.

However that job description, which was approved by the town council earlier, is now posted on the town’s website for those interested in applying for the position. The description as written does not specify that the harbormaster must be a Bristol resident.

“I would like to see it stay as Bristol residents,” Mr. Barboza said. “I don’t think bringing someone in from outside of Bristol would serve the (community).”

Councilwoman Mary Parella suggested that a search committee be set up to review the applicants and recommend those who should be interviewed. But even that process is conflicted since the council appoints the position, but the harbormaster reports to the town administrator.

“That issue is an issue for another day,” Ms. Parella said.

In the meantime, no one seems to know if the job is full-time, part-time, what responsibilities come with the position or even how much it pays. Yet, at least 15 applicants have expressed their interest in becoming the town of Bristol’s next harbormaster.

Applicants include:

  • Stephen Annarummo, Bristol
  • Matthew J. Calouro, Bristol (currently employed as full time assistant harbormaster in Bristol and part-time harbormaster in Warren)
  • Antonio DaSilva, Warren
  • David Fuller, Bristol
  • Carl Grimo, Bristol
  • Matthew D. Hayes*, Bristol
  • Carmen J. Inzitari, Jr., Bristol
  • William S. Kelly, Middletown
  • Fox Keri, Marion, Mass.
  • Charles Lombardo, Bristol
  • Gregg Marsilli, Bristol
  • Anthony Merryman, Bristol
  • Thomas A. Pasqual, Jr., Bristol
  • Steven P. Scott, Bristol
  • David E. Vannier, Tiverton

Editor’s note: Matthew Hayes is the owner/publisher for East Bay Newspapers, which is the company that operates the Bristol Phoenix.


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