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Friday, February 13, 2009

Atkinson delays search for next town administrator

From the Eagle Tribune;

Atkinson delays search for next town administrator
By Eric Parry

ATKINSON — The town will have to wait another couple of weeks for a new — or interim — town administrator.

Selectmen said this week that they are planning to wait until after the March election to hire someone for the job, even on an interim basis.

A temporary administrative employee, Dani Carville, has been on the job helping administrative assistant Barbara Snicer in the meantime.

Selectmen's Chairman Paul Sullivan said he'd like the selectmen to make the decision after a new board is seated in March.

Sullivan's position will be up next month and he is not running for re-election.

"If we found somebody, it would be appropriate for the new board to make the decision," Sullivan said.

Selectman candidate William Bennett said hiring a town administrator will be a high priority and he would prefer a candidate who would work in town long-term.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always work out like planned.

Former Town Administrator Steven Angelo resigned abruptly two weeks ago, citing difficulty selling his Cape Cod home and a need to spend more time with his family. He held the position for less than five months.

Angelo's departure made him the third person to leave the job in a year.

"Having that as your goal doesn't mean you're going to have that as the outcome," Bennett said.

He declined to comment on any strategies for hiring, but said the selectmen would look for someone who could handle the day-to-day operations of the job to help the selectmen run the town.

The only other selectman candidate on the ballot, Leon Artus, declined to comment on whether he is still seeking the seat.

After three years as a selectman and three years on the Budget Committee, Sullivan said he decided to step down to spend more time at work and for personal reasons.

Sullivan works in marketing and after spending a lot of time dealing with lawsuits during his first two years as a selectman, he said he needs to spend more time at his day job.

He said this past year, where he served as chairman, has been the most successful.

"This past year, we just wanted to move forward," Sullivan said.


Anonymous said...

Proof is in the pudding. If we can get along WITHOUT a Town administrator this loooooooooooog, we never needed to have the expense before now.

Selectmen's secretary for $5.00 a hour is all we need.

Stupid Selectmen, stupid secretary. Neither knows how to do their job.

Anonymous said...

Can president Obama give McAllister a pardon so we can get him back from Iraq? I want McAllister for town administer. He knows how to handle all you right to know crackpots. You wont get nuttin from him. He knows the ropes.

Anonymous said...

Many things are not getting done right at town hall due to a lack of an administrator. Look at the DVD fiasco.

It is not the BOS's responsibility to run the day to day affairs of the town. They usually hold day jobs and $3000 year ($3500 for the chairman) is hardly sufficient to expect them to do so.

The people at town hall were hired to do specific jobs. I would expect them to do their jobs but not be responsible for others doing the same.

You think things are running just peachy at town hall. I suspect the employees there would suggest otherwise.

It is a good thing they are holding off until the new board is in place. It is what is call "A wise business decision."

However, the way this blog is going these days I fully expect a idiotic response. It is getting increasing hard here to make a reasonable, documented, well presented argument.

Frankly, this blog is rapidly becoming irrelevant. The glory days are over and the inmates have taken over.

MAcciard said...

If I were in Paul's Position, I would delay the search till election as well, just to give the incoming board, as elected, the opportunity to hire whom they will be working with. Similar to when the new President usually fires all the US attorneys appointing his own to fill those positions.