Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:40 am on Monday, July 21, 2014

HUBBARDSTON — This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.

“We decided that he wasn’t fulfilling his duties,” Barker said. “We had asked him to do a couple things before and we had to ask him and ask him and ask him. This was a performance problem. We just weren’t happy with his performance.”

Schafer, who is also self-employed as a sand and gravel driver, has been DPW supervisor since January 2013.

He said he was trying to save the village some money by doing a sidewalk project his own way. He believes that’s why he was fired.

“They used that for an excuse to get rid of me,” he said. “They say I wasn’t doing my duties, but I’ve been doing them forever. I’ve been putting up with this stuff for a year and a half. I was trying to do my best at it, but I guess it wasn’t good enough. I don’t care anymore. It was a nice job and I enjoyed it.”

Carol Fink is the only other DPW employee for the village. She also works as village treasurer.

The village is currently accepting applications for the open DPW supervisor position, which is also known as “street commissioner.” Applicants must be familiar with repair and maintenance tools and equipment. The base salary is $400 plus $10 per hour for hours worked.

Anyone interested in applying for the job can pick up an application at the Hubbardston Village Office or email a resume to Barker at barkerjt69@gmail.com. Resumes must be submitted by July 28.

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