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Conway names new town administrator

CONWAY — Conway has found its new town administrator: Tom Hutcheson of Greenfield.

Hutcheson begins the full-time job on Aug. 12. He is the current town administrator in Northfield. He has served Northfield since March 2011.

At the meeting, Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke said he had no resume on hand and when asked to clarify who Hutcheson was, O’Rourke said to “google” Northfield to find out. He also said Hutcheson was a Greenfield resident.

Hutcheson confirmed later that he is the Northfield town administrator when reached by phone. He sought the job over his current position because he likes the way the town is organized.

“They have structural amenities that Northfield is still considering, such as general bylaws,” he said.

The Selectboard made the announcement Monday night. The hiring was discussed under ‘new business” during the meeting, but was not listed on the meeting agenda.

O’Rourke said Hutcheson accepted the job offer and will give his 30-day notice to his present employer. He will be the town’s third town administrator since October.

Hutcheson replaced the former administrator Amanda Majewski-Winn, who resigned in June to move to Cape Cod.

O’Rourke declined to say how much Hutcheson would make in an annual salary, stating that he’d like to wait until speaking with the new hire. But Hutcheson said he’ll make about $52,000 a year, about the same as he makes in Northfield.

The search process lasted less than a month.

When asked who made up the hiring committee, O’Rourke pointed to himself and fellow selectmen Rick Bean and Jim Moore.

The Recorder has filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the Selectboard with the Attorney General’s office for its previous town administrator search, in which it hired Majewski-Winn.

According to O’Rourke, the Selectboard interviewed two candidates — Hutcheson and Laura Krutzlen.

The town received seven applications, O’Rourke previously said. On Monday, he blamed The Recorder for not receiving as many interested applicants in this search.

“We didn’t get as many resumes this time because of the notoriety in The Recorder,” O’Rourke said.

(Earlier versions of this story published online contained errors that were eliminated in this story.)

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