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Stoneham To Name Town Manager Finalists on Monday

Nov 03, 2018 09:00AM ● By Katie Lovett

STONEHAM – The three finalists for the Stoneham Town Manager position will be announced during the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday night.

Select Board chairwoman Shelly MacNeill said a search committee interviewed eight candidates over the last few weeks before narrowing it down to the finalists.

The town began a search for a new leader after former Town Administrator TomYounger announced in August that he was stepping down from his post after two years on the job. Younger’s official last day was set to be Nov. 16, but he left more than a month early and interim administrator, Debbie Pettengill has been tending to the daily duties of keeping the office running after his departure.

MacNeill said all three of the finalists have some municipal experience and come from around the region.

After the selectmen receive the names of the three finalists on Monday, the process continues with visits to each of their three communities to meet with colleagues and others familiar with their work. The candidates will then be invited to tour Stoneham and meet with department heads at Town Hall. The town will also use this time to perform background checks.

 Following this, the selectmen will conduct interviews with each of the candidates in separate public meetings.

MacNeill said she hopes to see the town make a decision on a new administrator by mid-December.

The town received 38 resumes for the town administrator position, which were screened to see if they met the application guidelines and criteria. Nineteen were passed on to the search committee for review.

“We were really impressed with the collection of resumes we had,” MacNeill said. “We had a great slate of candidates.”

The Selectmen meet at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall hearing room.

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