MASSENA - Peter T. Devine was thanked for his service as code enforcement officer for the village on Tuesday night.
While thanking an employee for their service upon accepting their retirement or resignation isnt unusual, the employee has usually held the job for more than a week.
The village board voted Tuesday night to accept Mr. Devines resignation, which was made retroactive to Aug. 27. Mr. Devine was appointed to the position on Aug. 20.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Devine said he was under the impression when he was hired that he would be the department head for the code enforcement office.
The main reason for my resignation is, you hired me as the CEO of the village, which should include the role of department head, he wrote. I was told by you (Mayor James F. Hidy) after I was appointed that you wanted the fire department to be the department heads.
Despite his appointment, Mr. Devine said that he and his secretary were continually bypassed on code enforcement issues during his brief time in the position.
Other reasons to include are that you continued to use the fire department as the lead code office, bypassing my office and my code office secretary, he wrote.
Mr. Devine also noted a conversation he had with Mr. Hidy on the evening he was hired.
You stated to me that you knew the fire department could handle all of the code work in the village without another code officer, he said, adding he then asked the mayor why he was hired.
Following Tuesdays meeting, Mr. Hidy said he doesnt understand why Mr. Devine thought he was going to be a department head.
The way it was set up was he would work in conjunction with the fire department. The code enforcement office would fall under the auspices of the fire department, and Ken McGowan would be the department head, Mr. Hidy said. It didnt make sense to me to have a part-time department head working for the village when we could consolidate the position.
Mr. Hidy said that Mr. McGowan is now serving as the department head for both the fire department and village code enforcement office.
Mr. Devine said Tuesday evening that he is still working as the towns code enforcement officer and he is not expecting his resignation to have any impact on his other job, as the village housing program coordinator.
It will have no impact whatsoever, he said.
When asked why he decided to resign, Mr. Devine declined to elaborate.
I think at this point I would just as soon not comment on the reasons until a few things are resolved, he said. Some things are better left alone.
As for the future of the villages code enforcement office, Mr. Hidy said hes expecting the fire department to continue fulfilling those duties for the village, and hes not expecting the board to hire a replacement for Mr. Devine at this time.
We have guys, we have four of them, he said, referring to group of firefighters who also perform code enforcement duties.