Bright starts new city job; Kirn retained

Posted: May. 30, 2017 8:45 am Updated: May. 30, 2017 8:51 am

QUINCY — John “Skip” Bright began his job as Quincy director of administrative services today, and Chris Kirn, who had held that job on an interim basis, is going to stay on to work on union negotiations and some human resources functions.

“We have gone without a full-time HR director for a number of years, but it has spread the DAS position really thin,” Mayor Kyle Moore said.

Stacey O’Brien’s contract as HR director was not renewed in 2015. Glenda Hackemack, the director of administrative services at that time, said in a memo at the time that she would be handling HR responsibilities.

Bright, 69, spent the last 15 months as executive director of the Quincy Business and Technology Center. He was confirmed by the Quincy City Council May 15. Bright will draw a $75,000 annual salary, with a $300 a month car stipend, according to a city memorandum. He will be eligible for two weeks of vacation and the city’s nonunion employee benefits package of sick days and health insurance.

“I’m looking forward to getting together with the department heads and other coworkers. I intend to be a communicator and facilitator,” Bright said.

“I’m not going to be in there to hinder anybody’s operation, but to be as efficient as possible with the city’s resources.”

Moore said Bright’s business background will help him guide many of the day-to-day operations of the city.

“What makes Skip a desirable person for the DAS position is his ability to bring people together and form a consensus and tackle complicated issues … improving efficiencies and workflow in our departments,” Moore said.

Kirn, 40, has been interim director of administrative services since December. He was hired to replace Hackemack, who took an executive position at Quincy Medical Group.

Kirn was paid an annual salary of $72,000 and listed 26 days when he had previous commitments through the end of his interim period.


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