, Salem, MA

Local News

January 14, 2013

Salem mayor's aide is leaving

Silva is the fourth in Driscoll's administration to announce departure from position

SALEM — The corner office at Salem City Hall is a long way from Beacon Hill and farther still from Washington, D.C.

But Mayor Kim Driscoll can empathize with both President Barack Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick on at least one subject: the exodus of top aides and administrators.

While the names aren’t as well-known as Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner, the U.S. treasury secretary who is reported to be leaving soon, the loss of top administrators is felt just as keenly on the homefront.

Ten days ago, Jason Silva, the mayor’s chief aide and her former campaign manager, confirmed that he is leaving next month to become executive director of the Salem YMCA.

That news followed on the heels of another major announcement, the departure of Finance Director Rich Viscay, who helped steer the city out of a financial mess several years ago.

Richard Rennard, director of the Department of Public Services, retired in November. That was preceded in September by the exit of Doug Bollen, who ran one of the city’s largest departments, Parks, Recreation and Community Service, which includes the Council on Aging.

While most of the departures were unexpected, and all will be hard to fill, none is being cast as a sign of trouble in the Driscoll administration. It appears to be more a case of talented young people moving on as the mayor enters the final year of her second term, according to several people contacted by The Salem News.

All four departing employees had worked for the city at least seven years, or since Driscoll took office. With the exception of Rennard, who retired, the others are seen to be moving to new opportunities and challenges.

There is no doubt, however, that they are leaving demanding city jobs with long hours that often required them to deal with citizen complaints. In time, that can take its toll.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Comments Tracker