BOS - November 8, 2001 - Interviews

BOS - November 8, 2001 - Interviews

Postby Suzanne Kane » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:47 pm

Board of Selectmen Special Meeting
Thursday, November 8, 2001

6:30 PM
Call to Order
Enter into Executive Session – Attorney Jean McKnight, Kopelman and Paige and Bill Cundiff, Town Engineer
Re-enter Open Session for Town Administrator Interviews.

7:00 PM Edward Barrett

7:45 PM Kenneth Mahoney

8:30 PM Robert Spain

9:15 PM General Discussion

9:30 PM Adjourn
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
November 8,2001

Call to order: Vice Chairman Ronald Forget called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm in the Selectmen's office.

In attendance: Richard Preston, Edward Therrien, Shirley Mosczynski Bill Cundiff -Town Engineer, and Atty. Jeanne McKnight from Kopelman and Paige.

Absent: Chairman Thomas Navaroli~

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion at 6:47 pm to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to litigation and to return to Public Session for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the Executive Administrator position. Richard Preston seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken. Richard Preston, aye; Shirley Mosczynski, aye; Edward Therrien, aye; Ronald Forget, aye.

At 7:15 pm, Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Richard Preston, to come
out of Executive Session and to continue in Public Session to interview three candidates for Executive Administrator. Roll call vote was taken. Shirley Mosczynski, aye; Richard
Preston, aye; Edward Therrien, aye; Ronald Forget, aye.

The candidates for the position are as follows: Edward M. Barrett of Duxbury, MA;
Kenneth R. Mahoney of Andover, MA; and Robert 3. Spain, Jr. of Millbury, MA.
The resumes of the candidates had been given out at a previous meeting.

7:l5 pm Edward M. Barrett

Mr. Barrett reviewed some of the highlights of his resume with the Board. He stated Douglas is in the heart of Massachusetts and is a beautiful area.

The following information was obtained from questions asked by Board members:
-- He had practiced law, but did not love it.
-- He left the Administrator position in Charleston, RI after eight months because of a disagreement with the Board of Selectmen regarding accountability of bills for attorney fees. After a change in the make-up of the board, they wanted him to stay on as Administrative Assistant with a $25,000.00 decrease in salary.
-- He has an enormous amount of experience working with people, likes people, takes things seriously, and would be impartial and fair making sure all boards are kept in the loop.
-- Referring to his economic/industrial experience, he had managed banks, had experience in multi-family housing and K-Mart Portfolio. Also elaborated on his work in Rangely, ME developing a snow mobile industry.
-- He would be looking for a part-time counseling position in five years.
-- Regarding unused buildings, a plan of action is needed, i.e., assess the value of the land, the building, or could the area serve as open space.
Mr. Barrett stated that he would relocate closer and his availability could be worked out.

Mr. Barrett was thanked by the members of the Board and told that they would make him aware of their decision.

At 7:50 pm, Mr. Therrien requested a moment of silence, which was held, for Daniel F. Cooney, Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and community advocate who had expired unexpectedly.

8:OO pm Kenneth R. Mahoney

Mr. Mahoney reviewed some of the highlights of his resume with the Board of Selectmen. He stated that he decided he wanted to be a manager at the age of twelve and that he based his career on following orders, motivating staff and on hands-on project management. He spoke of his time served in Vietnam working for the State Department and in Eastern Europe for the Foreign Aid Department.

The following information was obtained from questions asked by Board members:

-- He felt that Master Plans should be reviewed every few years.
-- He had developed a new Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance for the City of
Portsmouth, NH.
-- He had negotiated the City of Portsmouth's responsibility of 19-20% of a super
fund site to its benefit.
-- He had expanded services in Andover, MA without a Prop 2 ½ override and
brought projects in on time.
-- He had been instrumental in bringing businesses into Andover.
-- He had helped Andover reach its 10% affordable housing goals in the 80's and
-- He would go after grants if they were available.
-- He is an effective negotiator.
-- He would look for alternatives to bringing 2000 people into a community.

Mr. Mahoney told the Board he had been in Russia until mid-January and became ill and did not want to go back. He stated he is only looking for one position and he would like a small community. He spoke of Douglas as a community he is interested in and would be willing to relocate to.

The Board thanked Mr. Mahoney and told him they would advise him of their decision.

8:30pm Robert J. Spain, Jr.

Mr. Spain stated he had been Town Administrator for Millbury and Uxbridge and had
been a Vermont State Legislator for four years. He was born and raised in Worcester and lives in Millbury. He stated he feels he has well-rounded experience, knows how to work for someone, takes a leadership role, and knows the process.

The following information was obtained from questions asked by Board members:

-- His budgeting is second-to-none - referred to work on Vermont State Budget.
-- He negotiated TIFF's in Millbury and Uxbridge.
-- He understands economic development.
-- He knows procurement and open meeting laws.
-- He would work with the Board and carry out their decisions even if he disagreed with them.
-- He needed goals and objectives from the Board.
-- He would get to know all the players in the first six months, then build a team with department heads and then sit with the Board and set priorities and develop a plan to accomplish them.
-- He felt a Master Plan needs to be constantly updated.
-- He felt a Capital Plan is an absolute must with at least five years out He felt that a permanent Building Committee deserves merit. He is not concerned about being called up for active duty even though he continues in the Vermont National Guard.
-- He sees Douglas growing rapidly and presenting a challenge and a demand for short and long range planning as to where the town wants to be.

Mr. Spain was thanked by the Board and told be would be notified of their decision.

Alter interviewing the three candidates, the Board reviewed the information. The consensus of the Board was that Mr. Mahoney was their number one choice. Edward Therrien made the motion, seconded by Richard Preston to approve Mr. Mahoney as the first choice for Executive Administrator. The vote was unanimous. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve Mr. Barrett as our second choice if Mr. Mahoney did not accept our offer. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. It was agreed that Vice Chairman Forget would call Mr. Mahoney and make him aware of our decision and to setup a meeting on the 19th or 20th .

Edward Therrien made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 pm, Vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Shirley M. Mosczynski
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