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Bethel searches for new Social Services Director after disagreement over salary

Bethel is looking for a new Director of Social Services following the resignation of Director Jenn Lawlor.  The reasoning behind the resignation played out on a Facebook forum post.  Lawlor and others lobbied the town to make the part-time position full time because the town's needs grew.  


About $58,000 was approved for the department and Lawlor believed that to be the salary.  But town official say the position would pay $51,000 plus benefits.  The balance would be used for part time staff during the busy holiday season. 


First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker called the situation “a misunderstanding” about the salary, saying it's similar to other towns.  Lawlor reportedly wanted to work fewer hours during slow times and longer hours when work picks up, but personnel regulations prevent that.

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