Why didn't the City of Rockland interview Maine Municipal Association to do our manager search?
Rockland — I don't know, exactly. But what I do know made me very leery, and this is why I left that executive session meeting. My skin was crawling. I knew something wasn't quite adding up. I left because my gut was screaming at me to leave. I decided it was the best plan to remove myself. I didn't really even understand why at the time. I now understand why.
My seatmate at the legislature emailed me and suggested that we try MMA. She said that her town, Sanford, had good success with their services, and it cost 5,000. I feel that it is important to have some help in this endeavor. I liked chatting with Mr. Dacri, but once I discovered how expensive his conversations were, I decided that perhaps I could forgo same. I asked several times whether we were going to interview MMA.
I contacted MMA today, and spoke with the gentleman who conducts town and city manager searches there. He informed me that this is something MMA does all the time, they were just finishing up three of them, and they had heard Rockland would be looking for a new manager. This individual contacted our mayor, and left a message. Larry did call him back, but potentially just around the time of the executive session in which the decision was made. The MMA employee could not furnish the exact date. The conversation was perfunctory, not one of details and plans moving forward.
The fee for the MMA search is generally 5,000. We did not interview MMA.