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Renewal of Seekonk Public Works Head's Contract Could Be a Fight

Supporters of Bob Lamoureux are concerned his job is in jeopardy.

The future is uncertain for Bob Lamoureux, Seekonk's superintendent of public works. The Board of Selectmen is expected to vote next week on whether to begin negotiations on renewing his contract with the town. Some supporters are concerned that a majority of the board is not interested in keeping him.

Several residents contacted Seekonk Patch about the issue. They may attend next week's meeting to show support for Lamoreux. Former Selectman Bill Rice will air a tribute show for Lamoreux on TV9 today at 1 p.m. and again on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"I am simply giving a voice to the many, many residents who appreciate Bob's good works and commitment to Seekonk," Rice wrote in an email to Patch.

Lamoureux did not respond to an email from Patch for this story. 

Amy November 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
From what I see, Bob Lamoureux has done a great job! He's stood at " the podium" and taken public humilation week after week after week with dignity. That says alot about someone's character. Having said that, I don't know what goes on behind the scenes and I don't want to. Good luck Bob!
Emcee of Seekonk November 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Well, I guess we all saw this coming. It should be interesting to see how the votes fall, and even more interesting to see who will get Lamoureux's job, after duly posting the position in all the papers (ie: Sun Chronicle with a readership of a half dozen in Seekonk), of course. Sure to be high drama. I'm so tired of this BOS.
Amy November 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Has his job really been posted? Is that legal? Wow! What a bunch of bovine excrement that is.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Amy, I think Emcee was predicting the job would be posted soon. I have not heard that it was posted, but I could be mistaken. I only read the Chronicle every other day.
Carol Bragg November 30, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Hold your fire! Bob Lamoureux has conducted himself with amazing dignity under intense criticism by members of Board of Selectmen, never uttering an angry word. We need to let his spirit be our guide and not use Bob as an excuse to vent our own anger and frustration. Some hope for and believe a 5-0 vote can happen. Patience and kindness will make that possible. Ugliness will not. Bob's contract is through June. This is a vote about beginning negotiations for a renewal of his contract.
Emcee of Seekonk November 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Oops... methinks my convoluted run-on sentence has gotten me into trouble. About Lamoureux's job, I'm thinking ahead. After watching his job performance scrutinized at the podium time and again, I'm just jumping to conclusions that the worst will follow.
Emcee of Seekonk November 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I know no more than you about a job posting... I'm just getting ahead of myself.
Amy November 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Actually that was my fault. I mis read it. ..sorry..
Emcee of Seekonk November 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
"Patience and kindness ...." Where can I buy some of that? As usual, you are the voice of reason. Let's hope a favorable 5-0 vote does happen.
Amy November 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Totally my fault. Thanks.
Paul Mac Pherson November 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It is very very unlikely that the vote will be 5-0 in favor of Mr. Lamoureux will happen but we can all hope that it will. If and when he is let go (which I feel is totally stupid to do) it will be very interesting who is hired to fill the position. I have seen the man out there in rain, snow, early, and late doing the job that he was hired to do. I am sure that he has, on many occassions, gone far above what is expected of him to get things done for the good of the town. Lets put all the pettiness aside and do what is right, and good, for the town and renew his contract.
David Saad November 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
What we expect from our BOS and all of our elected and appointed officials is consistency and fairness. It has been unfortunate that Mr. lamareaux was subjected to public criticism and testing during BOS meetings by specific BOS members. It is also curious, and in my opinion unfair, that contract negotiations for Mr. lamareaux are being plotted yet no negotiations were employed for the Town Administrator’s assistant’s position. Mr. Cavaco specifically put on an agenda to discuss publicly the performance, for the purpose of negotiations, The Town Administrator’s Assistant’s contract, knowing full well that couldn’t be done. Therefore that contract was tendered, without due process, rendering a clear bias. An employee’s performance should always be dealt with in a private setting and not in public. Goals and criteria should be established with measurement dates. If the goals and job criteria aren’t met then the employee should be put on positive discipline and given help to achieve those goals. If the employee fails to reach those goals then and only then should they be relieved of their position.
William Rice December 01, 2012 at 12:46 AM
This shouldn't really be considered a contest in any way. Bob is one of many, many employees who are doing a terrific job for our community.
Michael Kreyssig December 01, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I think Bob makes an easy scapegoat. He is in charge of some of the most visible and costly infrastructure in town. It would be foolish to release someone with as much tenure as Bob has unless there is some gross dereliction of duty. Not have your street plowed the second a snow storm is over is not one of them. After the way i have seen him treated at town and BOS meetings I would not blame Mr. Lamoureux one bit if he said "No Thanks" to a new contract and walked away.
Carol Bragg December 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"Patience and kindness ...." Where can I buy some of that? Why, it's free. It's stored in each of us in the capacity we were given at birth to love: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. . . Faith, hope and love abide. These three. But the greatest of these is love. Make love your aim. The Creator would not command us to love our neighbors as ourselves, do good to those who persecute us, and love our enemies and not give us the means to do so. Impatience and unkindness cannot cast out impatience and unkindness. Only patience and kindness can do that. We need to let Bob's spirit be our guide.

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