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DiSpirito makes two new hires

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Seal of Rockville MdRockville City Manager Robert DiSpirito made two key hires this week, announcing the City has hired a new police chief and planning director.

DiSpirito announced that the City has hired Victor Brito to be its new police chief, replacing Bob Rappaport who served as acting police chief since the City’s previous police chief, Terry Treschuk, retired in April of 2016.

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Rockville seniors testify against water and sewer rate increases

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Seal of Rockville MdROCKVILLE — Rockville residents weighed in on City Manager Robert DiSpirito’s budget proposal at Monday’s Mayor and City Council session, using first of two public hearings before the City Council takes up their own budget to air grievances about suggested increases to the city’s water and sewer rates.

The matter of most concern to those residents who testified was against a proposed 9.7 percent increase to the City’s ready-to-serve charge, a significant increase meant to help funnel revenue back into the Rockville’s sinking sewer fund.

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Rockville budget proposal includes increased wages

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Seal of Rockville MdOne week after Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito presented his Fiscal Year 2019 budget to the Rockville City Council and Mayor Bridget Newton, DiSpirito had the chance to defend his proposal Monday as Newton and members of the council questioned him and discussed the city’s budget needs.

DiSpirito’s $136.2 million budget plan increases proposed expenditures by 4.5 percent over Fiscal Year 2018 but despite the increases, it does not increase property taxes. The increases would allow DiSpirito to add several new positions in the City government, including two additional police officers, one GIS/Asset Management support specialist, one urban forestry maintenance worker and one information systems security engineer.

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Solving the mystery of the John Brown bridge

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Drivers in Rockville are struggling to find out more about Margaret S. Fletcher, her death at age 25, and why her gravestone is at the corner of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive.

The tombstone, until recently, was part of the John C. Brown Bridge. This bridge in Rockville is dedicated to the memory of the first Maryland man killed in the Korean War.

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Rockville city manager’s proposed budget includes more police officers

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ROCKVILLE – The city manager’s proposed fiscal year 2018 capital and operating budgets include increased water costs for residents, new capital improvement projects and added police officers.

According to the Department of Finance, Administration and Budget Division, the only new positions in the proposed budget are three additional sworn police officers. The last time the city received new police officers was the addition of two for a total of 59 in fiscal year 2014.

The new City Manager Rob DiSpirito said in a letter to the city and to the mayor and council that he proposed to add three police officers to the city department “to increase public safety and to improve health and well-being of our Police force.”

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Rockville begins national search for post

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ROCKVILLE -- An organization contracted by the city government is set to begin a national search "within days" to find candidates willing to apply to become the new city manager, according to the acting city manager.

Craig Simoneau said Monday night the search will begin "as soon" as a company in negotiations with the city finalizes its deal with the city. Simoneau did not release the name of the company at the time.
"The name of our selected vendor cannot be released until the contract has been signed," said city spokesperson Marylou Berg Tuesday, later adding, “The Purchase Order for the city manager search is expected to be completed by the end of this week.”

Simoneau is one of three city employees with the title of "acting."

That list also includes Acting Police Chief Bob Rappoport and Acting Public Works Director Judy Ding.

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Rockville budget has staff raises

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ROCKVILLE -- Public employees working for the City of Rockville may be in line for merit and cost-of-living raises this upcoming fiscal year.

On Monday, Deputy Director of Finance Stacey Webster presented the details of the operational Fiscal Year 2017 proposed budget to the mayor and City Council during a budget work session. Council members are due to discuss capital improvement projects at a later work session.

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UPDATED: Matthews fired as Rockville city manager, Simoneau appointed

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Barbara MatthewsBarbara Matthews. COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – The Mayor and City Council fired City Manager Barbara Matthews during the weekend and replaced her with public works director Craig Simoneau.

Council member Mark Pierzchala confirmed the mayor and city council terminated Matthews’ contract Friday. A statement from city spokesperson Marylou Berg did not address why Matthews was fired.

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