July 6, 2022

13 Apply for Vacant Essex Zoning Enforcement Officer Position

ESSEX— A total of 13 people have applied for the job of zoning enforcement officer, a position that has been vacant since May. Maria Lucarelli , assistant to the board of selectmen, said Monday 13 applications were received by an end-of-August deadline.

Lucarelli said a selection committee, including members of the zoning and inland-wetlands commissions, along with Selectman Joel Marzi, is expected to meet this week to pick five finalists for possible interviews.

The zoning enforcement officer job, which also includes enforcement duties for the inland-wetlands commission, has been vacant since the departure of Deep River resident Marian Staye from the position in mid-May. Staye, who held the job for nearly eight uyears, has been working part-time in the position at least one day each week during the interim period.

In late July, the board of selectmen accepted a recommendation from the selection committee and offered the job to Robert Flanagan, a Thomaston resident who was working as zoning enforcement officer in Redding. After a final intwerview with the selectmen, Flanagan declined to accept the job offer.