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Townsend’s search for interim chief executive moving forward

Townsend’s search for interim chief executive moving forward
Townsend’s search for interim chief executive moving forward

TOWNSEND — The search for an interim town administrator is moving forward.

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Chair Veronica Kell said one resume has already been received.

Additionally, the board also has a list of potential candidates that has been compiled by Community Paradigm Associates and the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

Kell will begin making calls to the candidates on the list this week. When speaking with the different candidates, Kell said there are three things she is looking to find out about  — their availability, desired pay and resume.

As the board reviews candidates, Vice Chair Joseph Shank and Clerk Chaz Sexton-Diranian concurred it was important to receive feedback from voices outside of the board.

“I do not want this decision to be made by just the three of us. I’d like to have some input,” Shank said.

Kell proposed having a representative from each of the five unions representing town employees included in the process, in addition to a representative on behalf of the town’s nonunion employees.

“This is just for the interim and our plans are to set a screening committee for a full TA and that will include townspeople and anyone else who is interested,” Sexton-Diranian said. “This is only for the interim TA who we need to place as soon as we possibly can.”

Townsend has been without a town administrator since May 28 when the Board of Selectmen announced that they had reached a no-fault agreement with former town administrator James M. Kreidler Jr.

In the absence of an administrator, the Board of Selectmen has been meeting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 p.m. and acting in that capacity.

During Monday’s meeting, Kell also shared that a “team approach” could help the town fill the town’s vacant accountant opening.

Kell stated that there are two individuals willing to work together, both on a part-time basis, for a combined 28 hours. One individual has more available hours than the other and will act as the primary signatory.

Names of the individuals will be shared after an appointment is ready to come before the board.

Townsend’s Board of Selectmen will resume in-person meetings on Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, at 272 Main St. At Tuesday’s meeting, state Sen. John Cronin is scheduled to make an appearance.

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