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Lisbon codes officer made part-time position, avoids state exam requirement

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LISBON — Code enforcement officer Christopher J. Sherwin is now working 19 hours per week in an effort to ensure he can stay in the position regardless of the results of a civil service exam.

The new schedule, adopted by the Town Council on Thursday, keeps him listed as a part-time employee because he will be working fewer than 20 hours a week. Because he is now technically a part-time employee, it exempts him from having to take the state exam.

“When the test is given, we have to take (one of the) top three or else put him back as a part-timer,” Supervisor James W. Armstrong said.

Under the new arrangement, the town doesn’t have to worry about whether Mr. Sherwin performs well on the exam.

Before May, Mr. Sherwin was working 12 to 15 hours per week at $18 per hour. In May, the Town Council approved increasing his hours to 24 per week on a provisional basis until he could take the civil service exam.

But town budget officer William E. Dashnaw suggested making Mr. Sherwin a part-time employee again to keep things simple for the town.

Mr. Dashnaw said Mr. Sherwin can work more hours during the summer to keep up with busy building season but then do less in the winter to even it out.

Mr. Dashnaw also suggested making the position salaried instead of dependent on an hourly wage. That would allow the town to drop Mr. Sherwin’s hours without reducing his salary, Mr. Dashnaw said. The salary the board set was $22,464, which would be the equivalent of 24 hours at $18 per hour. He has been promised a 2 percent raise in 2014.

“I think he’s done a good job,” Town Councilor Alan D. Dailey said, supporting the maneuver.

Mr. Sherwin said he still plans to take the exam, which he expects to be offered in June, because it could help his career in the future.

The Town Council was unanimous in its support for the new arrangement.

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