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By Jack Minch

MediaNews

TOWNSEND — Selectmen accepted the Town Administrator Search Committee’s recommendation to name four finalists Tuesday night, including interim Town Administrator Andy Sheehan.

The board agreed to have CORI checks on the candidates and check the references on three of the finalists.

Sheehan’s references were reviewed before he was hired as interim town administrator April 20, Chairman Robert Plamondon said. He is also a finalist for the same position in Ayer.

Townsend finalists also include John Sanguinet, of Plymouth, who is assistant town administrator in Wareham; Anthony Troiano, of East Sandwich, who was previously town administrator for Hopkinton; and Fred Ventresco, of Weare, N.H., who is town administrator of that community.

“It seems to me you did a very thorough job,” Selectmen Chairman Robert Plamondon told the search board.

Sheehan is among four finalists for the same job in both Townsend and Ayer. Ayer selectmen expect to make their decision July 14.

Selectmen plan to interview two candidates for 30 minutes each when they meets for their regularly scheduled meeting July 20 and the remaining two the next night.

The committee received 36 resumes, said former Selectman David Chenelle, who served on the search committee. About 26 were given serious consideration, he said.

“We haven’t spoken to them,” Chenelle said. “We strictly reviewed them on their cover letters and resumes.”

The committee used a matrix of about eight criteria to consider while weighing the applications, Chenelle said.

Criteria included municipal finance and budgeting experience; personal management; collective bargaining; procurement; grant writing; internal relations with other departments; three to five years of experience; salary requirements; education levels.

The committee also considered whether applicants have jobs now.

“It allowed us to discuss more in-depth, that particular applicant,” Chenelle said.

Committee members also reviewed their work histories and how often they change jobs and why, he said.

Committee member Kim Fales, the town accountant, said she is comfortable with selectmen picking the next town administrator from the list of finalists.

“Unless something surprising comes up from the CORI,” she said. “Based on the information we have, this is an excellent pool with which to move forward.”

In other business:

* The board agreed to fulfill the requirements of Police Chief Erving Marshall’s contract and pay him $3,483.76 for two weeks of unpaid vacation.

* Selectman Sue Lisio said she will request a meeting with Ashby selectmen to discuss their interest in moving forward with a proposal to create a regional police department and communications center.

“I wonder if the board would be OK with extending our hand to the Board of Selectmen in Ashby … to say would you like to take the next steps in terms of investigating this at least,” she said.

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