GROTON — Selectmen were given the results of a personnel needs analysis — on their own office.
The analysis was performed by personnel director Elizabeth Currier, with her results delivered on May 5.
Currier had conducted the analysis of the selectmen’s office due to the imminent departure of full-time assistant town administrator April Garvin for a new position within the town accountant’s office.
Currier said that working with the office staff, including administrative officer Jeffrey Ritter, it was determined that the primary duties of an assistant town administrator was taking and transcribing notes during selectmen’s meetings, a task for which 10 hours per week would be adequate.
In making her report, Currier informed selectmen that office assistant April Iannacone had offered to take on the duties of the assistant town administrator for a couple months, to see how she likes it and if it would fit into her schedule, which included doing the same job for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen.
Although the suggestion received Ritter’s endorsement, selectmen were wary, wondering if Iannacone could cover both towns’ meetings without a conflict.
Board Chairman Fran Dillon warned that even though selectmen were due to go on their annual bi-weekly schedule for the summer months, it was not always possible to avoid meeting more frequently, especially if the new charter is adopted. In that case, more meetings might be needed as the board considered hiring a town manager.
In addition, Dillon stressed that the job must be held by a non-union person, in order to avoid conflict of interest situations during negotiations between the board and the town’s various labor organizations.
Expressing doubts, Selectman Joshua Degen said that over the long term, the situation with Iannacone would not work out.
Nevertheless, board members gave their assent to Iannacone taking over the position on an interim basis but decided to keep their options open for a permanent replacement later on.