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Mack Apparently Out... Who's In?

BCWA to continue vote on Legal RFP.

It appears that Sandra Mack of Cameron and Mittleman has been ousted from her position as legal counsel to the BCWA.  At a special meeting of the board on Wednesday evening, January 16th, Ms. Mack failed to garner the five votes required to secure the position. The state enabling  legislation requires a minimum of five votes  to pass a resolution.  The vote was 4-3.

BCWA has scheduled another meeting the last week of January to continue the voting process.  The other two candidates are Michael McElroy and Keough & Sweeney.

Michael McElroy of Providence,  is currently president of the  2012-2013  Rhode Island Bar Association, a former three-term Chairman of the Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, and is a member of the House of Delegates and the Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is a member of the  Rhode Island Association for Justice. He is a former Special Assistant Attorney General and is currently Legal Counsel to the Rhode Island Personnel Appeal Board.

Keough & Sweeney represent and counsel Water, Wastewater and Renewable Energy clients in all aspects of the regulatory process before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.  Their areas of expertise include Water Utility Law, Wastewater Utility Law, and Renewable Energy Law.

The BCWA board of directors opened the voting process on the 16th with the statement that they had three well qualified firms to choose from and that any one of them would be able to handle the job well.  From the qualifications mentioned above we urge the directors to give serious consideration to cost and qualifications and give less weight to "institutional knowledge".

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Bob Venice January 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Some how, some way I would bet that Sandra Mack is rehired. BCWA and it's pro Pam Marchand Board Members will find a way. If the Biard would have waited until all nine members were present she would have received the 5 votes needed. Watch, the Board will be told that since the mistake was theirs and two members were missing, they can therefore vote for Mack a thired time.
marina peterson January 22, 2013 at 01:46 AM
She will unless town councilors from all three towns put there foot down! There are three appointments to be made next month they can appoint three people who understand that there has to be a change.
Bob Venice January 22, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Marina, who are the three that are up for reappointment
marina peterson January 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Bill Gosselin - Warren, Joe Demielo - Bristol (Joe is not asking to be re-appointed) and Kevin Fitta - Barrington (who is also not asking to be reappointed).
Jack Baillargeron January 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM
The sad thing is Marina, Some of the members are probly just getting fed up with fighting a losing battle against the powers that be I would think ;-{

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