After seven months in office, Bridgewater Town Council President Michael Berolini announced Tuesday night that he is stepping down as president and will no longer be on the council. Last year, the town voted in favor of a government change that replaced town meetings and selectmen with town councilors as well as a hired town manager. However, President Berolini and Manager Troy Clarkson were unable to settle their recent differences, resulting in Berolini’s decision.
“I am hopeful that by making this change this will help begin the process of putting Bridgewater back on track and moving us in the right direction. I would like to thank all of those people that have supported me throughout the years and hope that you understand that this is a very difficult decision and that you will continue to help me work to make Bridgewater the best it can be,” said Berolini
Berolini also stated that serving on the council as caused much stress on his family, which was also a factor.
The council also discussed the possible termination of Town Manager Troy Clarkson. Since the recent government change, Manager Clarkson has ruffled the feathers of a few town councilors. On the council’s agenda was to vote on a preliminary resolution which would begin the process of firing the town manager.
However, there was more than one board member that objected to the vote including Councilor William Wood, “It’s very important to mentor someone especially when you find that they’re not performing to expectations and I think that we haven’t done a great job at this point to mentor the town manager.”
The council decided to change the vote from a preliminary resolution to a letter of reprimand in hopes of solving problems with Manager Clarkson and improving communication. In a vote of six to three, Bridgewater Town Council approved the letter of reprimand.