UXBRIDGE — The latest Uxbridge official to part ways with the town is Town Manager Angeline Ellison, who left the position last Friday after negotiating an early release from her contract.
Ellison, who had two-years left on her three-year contract, will receive payment in the form of her salary and benefits through June 16, 2020, according to the mutual agreement she negotiated with the selectmen last week. Ellison’s annual salary was $115,000.
Police Chief Marc Montminy has been named acting town manager by the board until a longer-term interim manager is found.
In an open to letter to residents last week, Montminy wrote:
“As many are aware, the town manager has recently departed, and I have been asked to provide support for that position until a replacement can be found. I appreciate the Board of Selectmen’s confidence in appointing me as acting town manager. We have an outstanding group of employees and skilled department heads who continue to provide excellent service to the residents of Uxbridge. I share the selectmen’s confidence that Uxbridge is on track to be a stronger and more resilient community. Thank you for your support while we work to implement these changes, and be assured that no town service has been impacted during this transition.”
The selectmen released a statement Friday, saying “The Board and Ms. Ellison have reached a written agreement to address the balance of certain contractual benefits under her existing employment contract with the town. The goal shared by Ms. Ellison and the town, and contemplated by this agreement, is to ensure that the town’s interest in pending matters is fully protected and that there is a smooth transition in the office. The Board thanks Ms. Ellison for her service to the town. Ms. Ellison thanks the Board and the citizens of Uxbridge for the opportunity to serve as its town manager.”
Ellison’s professional relationship with the selectmen had soured over the past years. Under her leadership, the town lost several key department heads, including Police Chief Jeffrey Lourie and Fire Chief William Kessler, as well as key town finance department employees, which caused the Department of Revenue to intervene earlier this year. In May of last year, Ellison’s performance was described by the selectmen as unsatisfactory in her job performance evaluation.
Ellison was town administrator for the town of Blandford, Mass., before she was named Uxbridge’s town manager in December 2017. At the time, Ellison, of Sturbridge, edged out two other candidates, William DiLibero, city manager in the Texas town of Beeville, and Michael Johns, chairman of the Wrentham Economic Development Commission and assistant to the town manager for economic development in Foxboro.
Ellison replaced former Uxbridge Town Manager David Genereux, who was offered the job of town administrator in Leicester, Mass.
Ellison is a former Sturbridge selectwoman and member of the Tantasqua Regional School Committee.
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