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Resigned Business Manager's Contract Settlement Released

The agreement calls for payment to cease before the end date if the former employee is hired elsewhere.

Ed Cronin. Credit: Terry Date
Ed Cronin. Credit: Terry Date

The Swampscott School District will pay the salary of former business manager and budget director Ed Cronin through Feb. 25 — unless he finds work elsewhere.

If he is hired elsewhere before the February date then Swampscott payments will cease, Interim Superintendent Garry Murphy said in an interview.

As of Tuesday, the former business manager was still being paid by Swampscott.

The district is operating without a business manager/director, the duties being carried out by a group effort including the interim superintendent, Assistant Superintendent Pam Angelakis and Joanne van der Burg of the Superintendent's Office, Murphy said.

The interim superintendent said the district will fill the vacant position once the district's commitment to Cronin is concluded.

On Oct. 25, Cronin met with Murphy, and he accepted Cronin's resignation — effective immediately.

Cronin was earning $120,090, the interim superintendent said.


He started working for the Swampscott District in 2006.

Below is a copy of an email that the interim superintendent sent to Swampscott school staff at the time of the business manager's resignation:


"Please be informed that Ed Cronin has resigned as the district’s business administrator.  I have arranged for temporary leadership for the business office until a permanent replacement is found.  The school committee and I are committed to hiring a highly skilled business administrator with experience in both finance and operations."
WhySwampscott December 11, 2013 at 08:25 PM
If he resigned, then why are we paying him?!? Why a 'contract settlement' for someone who walked away. I'd like a job where I could quit, and get full pay and benefits for 4 months! What a town of suckers -- how many School Administrators is this in the last several years that get to leave AND get paid?!? I guess we can call that the Celli plan. How long 'til Angelakis resigns so that we can pay her for sitting home?? Then again, if Cronin didn't 'resign' but was let go for cause, we should know that. More likely sounds like a sweetheart deal -- he did something he should have been fired for, but Murphy told him that if he resigned, he could get 4 months pay. Murphy probably figured that it would have cost more than $40,000 in legal fees to fire him and fight the lawsuit. What a deal for the taxpayers. But that still leaves the rest of us in the dark as to WHY we are paying Cronin to not come to work.
Citizen Swamp December 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Tarlow $100k Celli $100k Cronin $40K Malone ? Bingham ? Sooner or later your talking about real money here. Those kind of dollars could hire a lot of teachers, pave some roads, replace some bleachers. CS
Whisky December 12, 2013 at 05:22 AM
"Resigned" is the modern euphesim for fired. In this day and age, who would resign without a replacement job already lined up?
Louis Massei December 12, 2013 at 07:56 AM
There are a couple others promoted or hired under Celli that need to go too. Clean house.
pcd December 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Someone from the school department needs to come out and set the record clear. They need to state that he was fired rather than resigned. Lets get this straight because Resigning while still getting paid doesn't doesn't sound right to me!!!! And if this is true, then fire the person who allowed this to happen!!!
Derek December 12, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Things are awful backward in this town...really disappointing. How many more times is this town gonna throw good money after bad. If you lived in another town and read this stuff about Swampscott might get a chuckle out of it. But living in the middle of it is really discouraging...throwing our tax dollars down the drain. Can we find out who is responsible for this deal and have them explain it out loud? Don't we deserve that at least???
WhySwampscott December 12, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Terry, any chance that you/Patch could request a copy of this deal through FOIA and publish it names and all so the taxpayers here know who is wasting there money Selectman/School Committee -- Don't even think about asking for an over ride for ANYTHING until there is a more thorough explanation of why we keep sending money down the drain in the Cronin case!!
Terry Date (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Yes, WhySwampscott, the interim superintendent said he will send us a copy of the agreement. We will post it as a You Asked feature after we receive it.
John December 13, 2013 at 04:29 PM
"Selectman/School Committee -- Don't even think about asking for an over ride for ANYTHING until there is a more thorough explanation of why we keep sending money down the drain in the Cronin case!!" ... I SECOND THIS, PLEASE STOP THE INSANITY !!

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