“Truthfully, with the (budget) cuts, people just get more and more stuff thrown at them,” said Jim Moskovis, former chairman of the Neighborhood Advisory Council who has close ties to the mayor. “People think it’s an easy job working for the city, but it’s not. And, in management, everything comes back at you.”
One person saw the resignations as “coincidence.”
“They’ve all been there seven or eight years,” said Beth Debski, a longtime Salem resident who has worked for the cities of Salem, Everett and Malden. “That seems to be sort of a magic number where people tend to move around.”
Viscay has been named chief financial officer for the city of Everett, while Bollen, who formerly worked for the Lynn Boys & Girls Club, took a top post at the Salem Boys & Girls Club.
“(Driscoll) has had some of these people in key positions for a good long time,” said former Salem City Councilor Matt Veno. “Those are some pretty demanding leadership positions in the city. ... I think she’s been fortunate to have them that long.”
Driscoll said she is not surprised that some of the city’s best and brightest are moving on.
“Jason and Rich are both young, smart and capable individuals who have done outstanding work for the city,” she said. “But they’ve been here seven years. ... I’m also happy for them. ... When you’re working with young, capable people and give them an opportunity to grow and thrive, eventually they’re going to grow and thrive somewhere else ...
“I’ll certainly miss all those folks. They did tremendous work for us.”
The mayor added that there is “something exciting about bringing new people on board.”
Driscoll has named a replacement for Bollen and expects to name a new DPW director soon.
The searches for a finance director and chief aide are under way.
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