THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 10, 2019 Page 3 Search for a new city clerk moves forward By Barbara Taormina C ity clerks play wide-ranging and prominent roles in local government, and the City Council is taking care to ensure they find the right clerk for Malden. This week, councillors agreed to have City Council President Jadeane Sica and Human Resources Department Director Anthony Chiccuarelli wade through the 26 resumes of people who applied to replace City Clerk Tom Brennan, who announced earlier this year that he plans to retire. Sica and Chiccuarelli will then send a list of six or seven of the most qualifi ed candidates to the City Council’s Personnel and Appointments Committee, which will hold interviews and discussions that will whittle down the list to several fi nalists. But not all councillors felt that was the best way to go. Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson said the entire process, including the preliminary screening of applicants, should be done by the Personnel Committee and other councillors who opt to attend those meetings. “This is a City Council appointment and we all have a deep interest in it,” said Matheson, adding that any narrowing of the fi eld should be done by the committee and other councillors rather than by one councillor and Chiccuarelli. But Sica said it was important to protect the privacy of applicants who are working at othSen. Lewis recognized as a 2019 Community Health Center Champion er jobs. Holding a meeting to conduct a preliminary screening, even if it’s done in executive session or behind closed doors, would lead to the names of all applicants becoming part of the public record. Generally, names of applicants are not released until those individuals are selected as fi nalists for the job. Sica also said that not everyone who applied had a full understanding of the city clerk’s role or the background and qualifi cations for the job. “They see the word clerk when they are applying for these jobs, and some of them are store clerks who have absolutely no experience to be a clerk for a municipality,” she said. In addition to serving as clerk for the City Council and overseeing agendas, minutes and official council notifications, the city clerk manages the offi ce which maintains Malden’s CLERK | SEE PAGE 17 Shown from left to right are James W. Hunt, Jr., PhD, president/CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Sue Joss, CEO of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; State Senator Jason Lewis; and Kaitlin McColgan, vice president of Government Aff airs & Public Policy at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. (Courtesy Photo) O n May 2 the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and its members recognized State Senator Jason Lewis with the Community Health Center Champion Award. This award is given to leaders in the Massachusetts Legislature who recognize the importance and value of community health centers, and consistently show a willingness to consider a health center perspective when developing health care legislation and policy in Massachusetts. In his remarks, Senator Lewis stated his belief that health care should be considered a basic human right and applaudHelp Build Your City! Malden City Hall is under construction! Subcontractors are looking for City of Malden Residents. If interested please forward your resume to: Frontdesk@Moccontracting.com Females and Minorities are strongly recommended to apply. ed community health centers for their work in improving healthcare equity and access to quality, aff ordable healthcare for all. 505 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 Tel: 617-387-1120 www.gkdental.com • Family Dentistry • Crowns • Bridges • Veneers/Lumineers • Dental Implants • All on 4 Dental Implants • Emergency Dentist • Kid Friendly Dentist • Root Canals • Dentures • Invisalign Braces • Snap On Smile • Teeth Whitening We are the smile care experts for your entire family In House Dental Plan for $399 (Cleanings, X-Rays, Exams twice a year and 20% OFF Dental work) Schedule your FREE Consultations today

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