Friday, March 10, 2000
Selectmen grill three finalists for administrator
Three candidates for town administrator were each given one hour last week to tout their past accomplishments, explain their management style and test their chemistry with the board of selectmen. All this occurred under the scrutiny of a public meeting attended by many of the town employees the future administrator will direct. While the board emphasized that they want to have a new town administrator as soon as possible, the selectmen determined after an executive session on Monday morning that they will interview two more candidates before they make an offer.
The first candidate interviewed was Paula Juliano, a Leominster resident. Juliano served as executive secretary for the town of Princeton for five years and for the town of Pepperell for two years. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant for the Wachusett Regional School District. Juliano's financial background includes experience in the state auditor's office and oversight of budget preparations in both Princeton and Pepperell. In the interview, Juliano said that her management style revolved around respect, shared information and accessibility, and that her approach to solving problems is to work hard and listen to the public for ideas.
The second candidate was Acton resident Martha Austin. She most recently served as county administrator for Alpine County, California. Prior to moving to California, Austin had a more political career, serving as chief of staff for the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Judd Gregg, whom she formerly served as press secretary and special assistant when he was governor of New Hampshire. Austin said that her ability to deal with financial matters was her strength, having been through the budget process many times. She also said that, while she aims to build consensus, her management style is aggressive, with expectations that everyone will do their job.
The last candidate was Carlisle resident Thomas Landry. He is currently the chief procurement office for the town of Framingham, a position he has held since 1995. From 1989 to 1994, Landry was executive secretary for the town of Wayland, and from 1985 to 1989, he was town manager for the town of Littleton, New Hampshire. Having been an observer of town affairs, Landry agreed with the selectmen that the finance committee needs more support, and he cited his budget preparation experience as evidence that he could give that support. With respect to his management style, Landry said that he was very aggressive when he first started in this business but now he just sets his sights on the bigger picture and gives people more rein to do what they are supposed to do.
All three finalists had already been interviewed by the town administrator search committee, which had received 25 resumes for the position. The selectmen hope to make a final decision by the end of this week.
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