Town Manager search begins

Process for searching interim candidate ongoing
Thu, 12/12/2019 - 5:30pm

The Town Manager Search Committee began its most recent meeting discussing the application process for a new town manager and if the process should be tweaked. The members discussed the qualifications of candidates who responded and also making changes to advertising strategy, if necessary, and reviewing the interview process and candidate questions. The meeting took place on Monday, Dec. 9 at Town Hall.

While the search committee is seeking a fulltime candidate for the manager’s position, the search for an interim manager continues with the members of the Town Council.

Town Manager Ed Roberge will leave his position on Dec. 20, after unexpectedly giving his notice on Oct. 19. First Warden Ken Lacoste said he had hoped to have an interim manager by Dec. 10, but the interview process is ongoing, he said. Lacoste said he hoped to name the interim manager candidate soon so that the candidate could possibly meet with Roberge before his departure, but all of this is “in the works at this point,” said Lacoste.

In terms of the process for the full time successor to Roberge, Search Committee Chair Margie Comings said, “I think we did well, but is there something we didn’t do?”

The search committee discussed the many aspects of the job, including the time and commitment needed to oversee the island community.

Comings said she was impressed with the candidates’ knowledge of town projects, of the community, and general understanding of the island itself.

“This is a real, legitimate job,” said Vice Chair Jim Hinthorn, in reference to the demands of this position.

“This is a not a narrow-focused job. Your focus is everywhere and distracting,” said member Doug Michel. He said it was important to show to the candidates “this is what is on the plate.”

The search committee also discussed touring the island with the candidates, “because that way they can see the facilities and ask us about them or specific operations,” said member Rob Closter. 

Comings also said, “You can learn a lot about a candidate on a tour.”

The Town Manager Search Committee will begin ranking their candidates in January, and will advertise the town manager position until Jan. 31. Interviews will commence in February, with a second round of interviews starting in March.

Town Council has one more interview to complete for the interim town manager position, said Lacoste on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Interviews and follow-up for interim town manager were to commence on Thursday, Dec. 12, Lacoste said. A total of seven applications were reviewed.

Once a candidate is chosen, the town will do a background check and announce the candidate at an upcoming Town Council meeting, Lacoste said.