Board names search committee
Westborough – The Board of Selectmen formally appointed nine members of the Town Manager Search Committee Aug. 19.
The 10-member committee includes town department heads and officials who will work with the manager, Town Coordinator Henry Danis said. The members are: Selectman Lydia Goldblatt; Selectman Rod Jané; Maryanne Bilodeau, assistant town coordinator and human resources; Leah Talbot, town accountant; Alan Gordon, police chief; Walter N. Perron, fire chief; Linda Swadel, chief assessor; and John Walden, public works manager.
"These are people who would have a very, very close working relationship [with the town manager]," Danis said. "Three of them represent three major departments."
Town resident Don Hall is also on the committee, Danis said. Hall has served on the town's Personnel Board in the past, he said.
"[Hall] owns a business, which is an executive search committee," Danis said. "He helps us as a citizen of the town with thoughts on ways to go about finding someone for a position like this."
The Finance Committee will appoint the final search committee member in September, Bilodeau said. After that, the search committee will schedule a meeting. Until the full committee meets, Jané is interim chair, she said.
The new town manager will replace Danis, who plans to retire in June 2009 after more than 14 years. Bilodeau said the search committee's duties are clearly defined.
"We'll recommend a minimum of three because the [selectmen] gave us their expectations. They want a minimum of three qualified candidates," she said. "We're really looking for a seasoned professional, someone who has managed a town for a minimum of seven to 10 years."
Westborough is a large town that will face challenges that require experience, she said.
"We have an $85 million budget, we're heading in to some more stringent financial times, it's a struggling [economy]," she said, and the town will face wastewater treatment plant upgrades and other issues.
"I really am very hopeful that we're going to get somebody seasoned with a proven track record and that's what we're going to be looking for," Bilodeau said.
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