Four applications for interim town manager (so far)

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 7:00pm

According to First Warden Ken Lacoste, the immediate goal for the Town Council is to hire an interim town manager “prior to Ed’s departure on the 20th of December.” That date is outgoing Town Manager Ed Roberge’s scheduled last day on the job. Lacoste made the announcement at the council’s meeting on Monday, Nov. 25.

Second Warden André Boudreau said that “four applicants will be reviewed for the upcoming position. Not one of the applicants being island residents.”

A review of the applications will occur on Monday, Dec. 2 at Town Hall during a closed session. Interviews with the applicants will commence on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 6. “We should let the applicants know ahead of time . . . and Molly will reach out to them and inform them of our schedules,” said Councilor Sven Risom. Accordingly, Town Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick will be in communication with the potential applicants to inform them of the schedule.

Fitzpatrick said the deadline for applications was Tuesday, Dec. 10. Lacoste also recommended possibly extending the screening process.

“I would like to give a little more time. We will keep our availabilities open for the possible candidates,” said Lacoste.

Possible applicants will not be discussed with the public, with screenings and interviews being in closed session.

Roberge was hired in September 2017, signing on for a five-year contract. He served 23 months of this contract. A native of New Hampshire, Roberge was a city engineer before moving to the island in early 2018. Roberge has since supervised diverse town projects, including an update of the Harbormaster’s Plan, a possible overhaul of the Visitor Center and others. Roberge is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by members of the New Shoreham Police Department. He tendered his resignation on Oct. 19, 2019.

In other news, the Town Council also approved resident Jeff Howe’s request to sell a restricted unit at Salt Pond Settlement.

Realtor Rosemary Tobin noted “the purchaser will be a year round island resident.” The Town of New Shoreham has the right of first refusal on those units, but Councilor Martha Ball said, “I don’t think we have any interest in buying anything right now.”