With Town Administrator Jean Kitchen retiring at the end of next month, the Board of Selectmen said they must move quickly to find a replacement. At a meeting last week they put their stamp of approval on a new job description – one that expands the role of the town administrator – and appointed members to a committee charged with screening applicants.
The new job description, which was approved unanimously by selectmen at their meeting on May 10, gives the town administrator more authority and responsibility. Selectmen sought to expand the role after the Town Manager proposal failed at Town Meeting last month.
Kitchen provided a copy of the job description at the close of the meeting last week. You can see it here. Note that the job description is currently being reviewed by Town Counsel to ensure there are no conflicts with town bylaw or state statute, so changes could still be made.
At the meeting last week, selectmen also appointed a 6-member screening committee. In the interest of time, and in an effort to find individuals with relevant skills, selectman said they identified potential appointees rather than put out a public call for members.
“Because time is of the essence, selectmen individually sent names to (Assistant Town Administrator Vanessa Hale),” Selectman John Rooney said. “This is something that needs to be done immediately…The committee needs to hit the ground running.”
Appointed to the committee were Russell Millholland, Sue Baust, Brian Donovan, Phil Jenks, Joe Lanning, and Paul Cimino. (Full disclosure: Phil Jenks is my father.)
Selectman Bill Boland said all of the committee members were “highly qualified.” The board unanimously approved the appointments.
The screening committee held their first meeting yesterday morning. The Metrowest Daily News reports they hopes to have a list of finalists by September.