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Personnel Committee

Comments & Questions 

The Personnel Committee typically meets on the First Monday of the month generally beginning at 5:30 PM. If you have an agenda item for the Personnel Committee please contact the Human Resources Department directly at: 

Phone: 508-497-9769, Ext.1

Mission Statement 

To create new, and improve existing, personnel policies and procedures that foster a team approach for all departments as they work to serve the citizens of Hopkinton. Moreover, we strive to create an environment that encourages employee feedback.

The Personnel Board's charge, as outlined in Chapter 33 of the Town's General Bylaws, is to work with the Town Manager and the Human Resources Director to provide guidance, feedback and advice on matters regarding Town employees. 

This is a five member board and members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for staggered three year terms.

Committee Members 

Patricia D. Duarte, Chair

Patricia D. Duarte, Principal Consultant, over 25 years experience providing expertise in HR, organizational development and change management. A progressive HR career established in the technology industry  working in companies through unprecedented growth and changes. Specific roles included: HR Generalist Manager, Cray Research, Eagan, Minnesota; HR Director, Silicon Graphics, Inc,  Mountainview, California; HR Vice President, eBusiness Technologies, Providence, Rhode Island; Former Board Director of an internet software company in Toronto, Canada

In 2003, Patricia founded  Decision Insight, Inc.  a management consultancy  for HR management, Organizational and Board Development, Workshops, Management Process Training and Facilitation; Organizational and Individual Assessment and  Executive Search.   We serve corporate clients, non-profit organizations and public sector managers in Boston metro, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington DC area, OH and TX. 

Patricia has a BA degree from the University of Cincinnati. Additional training and various certifications earned throughout her career in management, process facilitation, survey research methods, organizational and individual assessment methods.

Patricia moved to Hopkinton in 1997 with her husband Brad and two children, Evan and Keira, both graduates of Hopkinton High School now in college and beyond, respectively.

Kathy Laflash

Kathy has been a member of the Personnel Committee since 1995. During her tenure, she has negotiated progressive labor agreements and has been involved in the hiring of many positions in town including Fire Chief, Police Chief, DPW directors as well as Police Officers and the promotions of Sergeants at the Police Department. She is an employee of NSTAR Gas and has been a labor representative for the bargaining unit for 25 years, currently 9 years as the President. She brings her open-mindedness and labor resources to the committee. Kathy was born and raised in town and lives with her husband Jim and son Matthew, who is the 8th generation to live in Hopkinton.

Curtis A. Morrison

Curtis “Curt” Morrison is a retiree with almost 40 years of experience as in-house legal counsel with several leading insurance/financial services firms.  During that period Curt’s areas of practice included privacy/data protection, insurance/securities regulation, litigation management, labor and employment law. 

Prior to joining the private sector, Curt served as a Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey, where he represented that state on criminal appeals. 

He holds a BA in History from Rutgers College and a JD from Rutgers Law School. 

Curt has lived in Hopkinton since 1997, along with his wife Christine, and for most of those years their now adult son, Blake.

In retirement, Curt enjoys mentoring students and young adults, especially those  from economically deprived backgrounds.  He periodically works with organizations devoted to various aspects of social justice.  Curt is also an aspiring author, avid reader and golf enthusiast. 

Etie-Lee Z. Schaub, Esq.

Etie-Lee Z. Schaub, Esq. is an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence, Rhode Island.  As an Assistant Solicitor, she defends the City of Providence in a variety of matters including cases involving claims of wrongful termination, tort, and violations of Title VII.  She also provides advice and guidance to different Committees and Boards within the City.  Before working at the Solicitor's office, she worked as a Litigation Associate in an insurance defense law firm in the Metrowest area.

Etie graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School with a concentration in General Litigation.  She also attended Macalester College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics.

Etie moved to Hopkinton in 2015 with her husband Steve and cat Lila.