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Friday, August 28, 2009

Town Administrator candidates to be vetted August 31

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) will be interviewing candidates for the position of Town Administrator in a public meeting Monday, August 31, starting at 7 p.m. Three finalists will be invited: Brian Connolly, School Business Administrator for Walpole; Timothy Goddard, Assistant Town Manager in Framingham; and Jeff Ritter, Interim Municipal Administrator for the town of Bridgewater. A second public meeting will be held Thursday, September 3, at 7 p.m. to discuss the interviews and make a decision. Both meetings will take place in the Clark Room at Town Hall and will be televised on CCTV.

At the August 31 interviews, each candidate will be invited to attend for a 50-minute period: Connolly at 7 p.m., Goddard at 8 p.m., and Ritter at 9 p.m. The format for each 50-minute interval will include a short statement from the candidate, followed by BOS questions. The public will have an opportunity to submit questions on paper that will then be put to the candidates, if there is time. The meeting will conclude at 10 p.m.

BOS Chair Tim Hult noted that, in addition to basic qualifications, the search committee put a high premium on two qualities: communications and team-building skills. He encourages the public to attend and give input, “It’s a Monday night in late August, but we hope at least a few people will show up.”

The successful candidate will replace current Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, who retires September 30. The three candidates were recommended by a search committee consisting of Selectmen Hult and John Williams, Treasurer Larry Barton, Laurel Ostrom, of the Personnel Board, and at-large members, Dave Reed and Deb Belanger. The committee reviewed over 50 applications. Résumés of the three finalists are available to the public, at Town Hall. ∆

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