Select Board names manager search committee

Feb 08, 2019
Rockport Town Manager Rick Bates will leave his post when his term expires later this year.

Rockport — At a meeting Thursday evening, Feb. 7, the Rockport Select Board appointed the following residents to serve on the Town Manager Search Committee: Julie Clement, Jerod Cronkite, Clark Doran, Kerry Leichtman, Jennifer Roper, Maggie Timmermann and Maynard Tolman.

The appointments were made from an application pool of 19 residents, many of whom were present at the meeting and made brief statements to the board. Select Board member Jeff Hamilton was chosen as the Select Board liaison (ex-officio member) to the committee.

The Town Manager Search Committee’s duties are clearly defined by the town charter as follows:

A Search Committee of not less than five (5) and not more than seven (7) Town residents shall be appointed by the Select Board within 30 days of the office of Town Manager becoming vacant or within 30 days notice to the Select Board that the office of Town Manager will become vacant. One member of the Select Board shall serve as an ex-officio member of the search committee.

1. All meetings of the Search Committee shall be conducted as Executive Sessions and all information and discussions are confidential to the extent allowed by law.

2. The Search Committee shall choose from its members a chairman who is responsible for running the meetings and conveying to the Select Board the progress of the search.

3. The Search Committee shall also choose from its members a vice-chairman who shall act in the event the chairman is absent or unable to carry out his or her duties.

4. The Select Board shall present to the Search Committee a job description for the position of Town Manager.

5. The Search Committee shall review all applications received for Town Manager, assuring that the minimum standards set out in state law are met and that the applications meet the requirements of the job description. A copy of each application for Town Manager shall be given to each member of the Select Board.

6. The Search Committee shall present to the Select Board a semi-final list of candidates for the position of Town Manager. By a majority vote the Select Board may add to the list of semi-finalists, the name of one or more applicants taken from the list of all applicants.

7. The Search Committee and the Select Board together shall prepare a questionnaire which all semi-finalists must complete in writing and return to the Town Office. Responses to the questionnaire shall be distributed to both the Search Committee and the Select Board.

8. After reviewing the questionnaires, the Search Committee shall present to the Select Board a list of finalists, not to exceed five.

The first meeting of the Search Committee will be scheduled by the Select Board Liaison after he has communicated with all of the members of the committee, and a chair and vice chair will be chosen at that meeting. The Select Board is in the process of finalizing the job description for the position, and this will be provided to the committee for their first meeting.

The Select Board thanks all who applied for the committee and recognizes that all applicants would have done an excellent job for the town, but by charter, only seven members could be appointed.

For more information, contact Ken McKinley, Select Board chair, at kmckinley@town.rockport.me.us.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Michelle Hannan | Feb 08, 2019 19:56

Great committee member choices. I am excited to see the outcome.



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