CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter has appointed long-time town employee Celeste Beauparlant as Cumberland’s newest human resources director.

Mutter told The Breeze in July that he was rethinking his approach to filling the position, saying he was trying to figure out some of the challenges leading to a high turnover rate that had seen four directors leave since 2019, and was prioritizing promoting from within over doing an extended search.

Lisa Tarantino, appointed to the position in March, most recently left the job, doing so abruptly without giving notice. Christina Boyan served in the position starting in February, and before her, Tina Fogell served as HR director starting in 2019 after Kathleen Taraian left.

In July, Mutter said perhaps a change in job description to alleviate some duties and increasing the budgeted salary might help keep someone in the position long-term. The salary is said to be nearly $80,000.

Beauparlant’s appointment was up for a Town Council vote on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Mutter said Tuesday that whenever possible, he likes to promote from within. The long-time law clerk Beauparlant “has been a great part of the town staff for many years, and I believed she had the temperament and skill set for the position,” he said. “She is doing a solid job.”

Asked about the challenges spoken of previously related to the position, Mutter said he and others are working on other job descriptions to address those.

“It is still a work in progress but I think we are making strides in the right direction,” he said.

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