Friday, June 5, 2009
Search for new Town Administrator gets underway
The Selectmen have begun the process to replace Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, who is retiring on September 30. The job which McKenzie held for nine years often put her into the center of high-visibility town projects, difficult budget discussions, and the shepherding of sensitive personnel issues.
Chairman Doug Stevenson presented a rough timeline for the replacement process at the Board of Selectmen meeting on May 26. It will begin with advertising and a cutoff deadline for applications on June 30, and conclude with the new Town Administrator in place on October 1. Meanwhile, the project timeline includes the identification of a search committee, reviewing applicants, selection of several finalists, conducting a public review of the final candidates, and identifying a replacement for the position by September 1. The timeline would enable the chosen candidate to give timely notice at an existing job, as well as to be able to work with McKenzie for a week or two before going solo on the job. The community will have its chance to weigh in on the finalists, in the last two weeks of August.
The Selectmen discussed the formation of a search committee, and decided that given the close working relationship with the candidate to the board, that it should have several representatives on the committee. The Selectmen mentioned the Personnel Board and the Finance Committee as other key groups at Town Hall, worthy of consideration. David Freedman, newly appointed as a full member on the Planning Board earlier in the meeting, spoke convincingly of the need to include the community in the selection process. As a result, the Selectmen set the number of those in the search committee at five, including two Selectmen, a Personnel Board member, a Town Hall employee, and a community-at-large member. The Selectmen will advertise formation of the committee and conduct its selection in June.
The Selectmen will advertise the job opening in the Community Newspaper Company (includes such papers as the Concord Journal and the Acton Beacon), the Beacon Journal (relating to area government), the Lowell Sun and the Mosquito. ∆
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