WHITMAN — The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to spend the bulk of the day Friday, Dec. 18 interviewing candidates for town administrator.
Former Town Administrator Frank Lynam retired in mid-October, with Assistant Town Administrator Lisa Green named to serve in an interim capacity during the process of selecting his successor. Green is also one of the candidates being interviewed.
The interviews will be broadcast on Whitman-Hanson Community Access TV — no online streaming will be available — starting at 9:45 a.m. with Millville Town Administrator Peter Caruso. Green interviews at 10:45 a.m. with Hanover Finance Director Lincoln Heineman at 1 p.m. and Shirley Town Administrator Michael McGovern at 2 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen contracted with Community Paradigm Associates of Plymouth on Sept. 22 to conduct a search for the town’s new town administrator. The vote was 4-1, with Selectman Brian Bezanson voting for Municipal Resources Inc., (MRI), of Meredith, N.H.
Paradigm’s Bernard Lynch said his firm is the most active recruiting firm in the state with more than 50 town administrator searches to its credit. Recent area searches have included Pembroke, Plympton, East Bridgewater, Lakeville and Rockland. They are also currently working with Kingston.
“We know the region very well, we know the manager world very well,” said Lynch who has served as a town administrator for 30 years and Petrin has done so for nearly 40 years in Massachusetts. They generally get pools of 30 to 40 candidates.
“The list of towns [they serve], basically in our area, is very impressive,” said Selectman Dan Salvucci.