The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 28, 2000


Search is on for new town administrator

The town received 24 applications for the town administrator position, to be vacated by David DeManche who submitted his resignation last December. The town administrator search committee now has the task of whittling that list down to three candidates whom the selectmen will interview before making the final choice.

At their meeting on January 18, the search committee outlined their approach. Members, appointed by the selectmen, include chair and former selectman Alan Cameron, personnel board member Susan Stamps, long-term capital requirements member Lenny Johnson, former finance committee member Roberta Spang, and personnel board member Mary Charnley.

The committee is seeking someone with a bachelor's degree in public administration (a master's degree preferred), five years of experience and financial expertise. The selectmen decided against hiring a financial assistant so oversight of that area has been added to the town administrator's role. In addition, the search committee believes that the town needs a resource person, someone who knows the laws and has strong management skills. The board of selectmen was expected to finalize the updated job description at their meeting on January 25 but this meeting was postponed to February 1 due to the weather. The search committee intended to request additional feedback on the selectmen's goals for the administrator, the impact of recent administrators' strengths and weaknesses, potential interview questions, and clarification on the day-to-day role and authority of the town administrator.

Cameron summarized one dilemma inherent in the administrator's role, "The laws that give the town administrator power don't give him too much, so all he can do is recommend to the selectmen."

Search committee members intended to independently review and rank, on a one-to-three scale, all of the candidates so they could compile those results at their January 26 meeting. They plan to conduct telephone interviews during the last week of January and one-hour interviews with a number of the candidates during the first two weeks of February. Interviewing will continue beyond then, if necessary.

The selectmen had previously determined that the existing town administrator salary range of $60,000 to $75,000 is competitive in the area.

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