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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Atkinson may have to start administrator search — again...again...again...again...

From the Eagle Tribune;

Atkinson may have to start administrator search — again
Eric Parry

ATKINSON — It appears Atkinson may have to wait a little longer for a town administrator.

The candidate who was offered the job last week told the Board of Selectmen yesterday that he might not leave his current employer after all.

The candidate's employer matched the salary Atkinson had offered, the selectmen said last night.

"We're going to have to start the process all over again," selectmen's Chairman Fred Childs said.

Selectmen said they have not decided whether they will hire the Local Government Center to conduct a search for new candidates.

The candidate who was offered the job last week was a candidate from the search when Steven Angelo was hired last fall.

That search cost the town $5,000. Childs said they will begin advertising for the position again soon.

But it's not clear whether the unnamed candidate has rejected the town's offer.

Selectman Bill Friel said the town has a signed deal with the candidate and a background check was in the process. Friel said the board hasn't had a chance to discuss the latest developments.

When the selectmen do find a new administrator, it will be the fourth one in just over a year.

The job has been vacant since Angelo left abruptly in late January after only a couple of months on the job. Before Angelo came on board in the fall, the post was held by Craig Kleman as an interim administrator. Kleman was hired last April, but left last summer to take a similar job in Plaistow. He has since left Plaistow. The previous administrator, Russ McCallister, left in February 2008 to work as a government adviser in Iraq.


Anonymous said...

why is it that no one wants to work with Atkinson's town government? Other towns dont have this problem

Anonymous said...

Get rid of Consentino, Polito, and Childs, and I'll bet you a hundred to one, the job will be filled right after they leave.

This Town has a reputation as a place no respectable Town Administrator would want to work. The job is short lived and looks BAD on a resume.

I'm hearing the Local Government Center doesn't want to do the search. They cringe every time they are asked.

Anonymous said...

We have citizens deeply committed to transparency in government. Any Town Administrator who wants to work in Atkinson will have to contend with that. If not up to the task, they scamper away to places where they will not be held accountable (like Iraq). They want the money but they don't want to be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

Selectmen's Ad:

Town of Atkinson, NH is looking for a new Town Administrator. We don't want transparency in government, so must be skilled at not answering taxpayer legal demands. Please send resume, if you feel you qualify.

No background checks required but if we do, will ignore (hide) any defects.

Anonymous said...

In an earlier blog I asked and got an answer as to the difference of a T.A and a T. M. The second Anonymous in this one may have a point,however,the next two or more elections are far away and out of reach to remove all those who he/she writes about. The way It should be done or at least be thought about is to hire a T.M.[not a T.A.] now . Then slowly but surely as time goes by the election process will take care of the rest. Who knows what tomorrow will bring as to possible and probable resignations of town officials because of the towns power struggles with in the town with all its related discourse. Think about this and decide if you still want to be known as the laughing stock of the state and the many costly court cases.

Curt Springer said...

A town vote is required to adopt the town manager system of town government.

Anonymous said...

So what are we waiting for. Call for the election and stop the selectmen from having so much power. A town Manager can make decisions and still be accountable to the BOS on a day to day bases . That is better than the way things are now.