Conway to begin administrator interviews

CONWAY — The committee charged with searching for a new town administrator will begin interviews the week of Feb. 18.

According to Board of Selectmen Chairman John O’Rourke, the town has received 17 resumes so far for the $52,000-a-year, 37.5-hour job.

“We’ll review the resumes over the next week and decide which candidates to bring in to interview,” O’Rourke said.

The interview committee — made up of the selectmen, Personnel Committee Chairwoman Heather Rose, Town Treasurer Janice Warner and a member of the Finance Committee — will select and interview the candidates.

The town has been without a full-time town administrator since the former Town Administrator Ed MacDonald resigned unexpectedly on Dec. 31, handing in a letter of resignation effective Feb. 7. He gave no reason for his departure and would not comment to the press. The selectmen accepted his immediate resignation after it was discovered MacDonald had never quit his part-time administrator job in Chester.

The criteria for the job are unchanged from when the selectmen first hired MacDonald in October.

The town administrator would be responsible for attending selectmen’s meetings, monitoring activities in the town office, drafting policies, and writing grants.

The selectmen may also consider adding the position of town administrative aide back into the town office to assist with the administrator, O’Rourke said. The aide’s role would need to be defined so tasks do not overlap with the administrator, a problem that occurred when MacDonald was hired to work alongside the former aide, Tom Spiro, who he laid off a week before officially starting in Conway.

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