04/10/13 11:11am
04/10/2013 11:11 AM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

Update (1:00 p.m.): Four Riverhead council members confirmed to the News-Review Wednesday that the Town Board will hire Carissa Willis of Calverton for the vacant Town Board coordinator position. Below is the original story:

Is a Marine sergeant what the Riverhead Town Board needs to coordinate it?

Could be.

After board members interviewed a dozen candidates for the vacant Town Board coordinator position in an executive session meeting last Thursday, Carissa Willis of Calverton appeared to be the front runner, officials said this week.

Ms. Willis served in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2001 and attained the rank of sergeant.

But on Tuesday, board members disagreed about whether Ms. Willis would be hired or additional interviews would take place.

Councilmen John Dunleavy and George Gabrielsen said they were under the impression she would be hired.

But council members Jim Wooten and Jodi Giglio were under the impression that the board planned to conduct additional interviews before making a decision.

Supervisor Sean Walter was away and did not participate in the interviews, Mr. Gabrielsen said.

The board hopes to hire a Riverhead Town resident for the job, he added.

The Town Board has had three coordinators in the past three years. The latest, Tracey Densieski, resigned as of March 29 because a side business she has, selling a product called Qivana, has taken off and she wants to devote more time to it.

Ms. Densieski was hired in December, shortly after the Town Board unceremoniously fired her predecessor, Linda Hulse, in a heated 3-2 vote in which Supervisor Sean Walter backed Ms. Hulse, arguing that her dismissal came without any board discussion.

Ms. Hulse had gotten the job in 2011 when her predecessor, Donna Zlatniski, left after having a baby. Ms. Zlatniski later filed a million-dollar lawsuit claiming her resignation was coerced after she had been accused of doing political work for Councilman Jim Wooten, which she denied.

tgannon@timesreview.com

04/04/13 7:30am
04/04/2013 7:30 AM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

The Riverhead Town Board is meeting in a closed-door executive session today to interview candidates seeking to fill the vacant Town Board coordinator position, officials said.

And apparently, there is a lot of people seeking the job.

“We’re interviewing at least 10 applicants on Thursday and I’m hoping we can come up with a person this week and we can appoint someone next week,” said Councilman George Gabrielsen.

The board is hoping to hire a Riverhead Town resident for the job, Mr. Gabrielsen said.

He declined to give any names of people seeking the job.

The board has gone through three Town Board coordinators in the past three years, and the latest, Tracey Densieski, resigned as March 29 because a side-business she has selling a product called Qivana had taken off. She wanted to devote more time to that business.

Ms. Densieski was hired in December, shortly after the Town Board fired her predecessor, Linda Hulse, in a heated 3-2 vote in which Supervisor Sean Walter backed Ms. Hulse and complained that the firing came without any board discussion.

Ms. Hulse got the job in 2011 when her predecessor, Donna Zlatniski, left after she had a baby, and she later filed a $1 million lawsuit claiming she was coerced to resign after being accused of doing political work for Councilman Jim Wooten, which she and Mr. Wooten have denied.

The board’s regularly scheduled public Thursday work session has been cancelled.

tgannon@timesreview.com