Town Administrator Screening Committee

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Town Administrator Screenin
g Committee - Appointed January 5, 2021
Phil Colarruso
Lisa Fall, Chair
Mike Lucy
Dean Pederson
Ken Whitaker
Bill Wilson

Dianne Bucco (resigned)

Town Administrator Screening Committee Charge
- Adopted December 8, 2020

Mission: The Town Administrator Screening Committee is responsible for presenting the names of three to five individuals, who shall be considered finalists, to the Town Board of Selectmen for consideration for appointment as the Town Administrator of Wenham. The Screening Committee members shall use their best judgment and understanding of the criteria for selection of the Town Administrator that is outlined in the Position Statement that has been prepared by the Town's recruitment consultant. The Position Statement includes the summarized input and information from the Board of Selectmen, town officials, town employees, as well as the citizens of Wenham and will be utilized in conducting outreach to solicit candidates for the position. The Screening Committee shall work collaboratively with the Town's recruitment consultant in executing their responsibilities.

 Objectives: The Screening Committee's work shall include:

  1. As the first order of business at the first meeting to choose a committee Chairperson and a Committee Secretary.
  2. As the second order of business at its first meeting the Secretary will obtain written affidavits from each committee member agreeing to maintain, to the extent permitted by law, the names and any information about the candidates in strict confidence until the committee votes its recommendations and thereafter to keep the names and information pertaining to candidates not chosen as finalists strictly confidential.
  3. Meet with the Town's Recruitment Consultant to discuss questions regarding the Position Statement, review process of interviews, discuss interview questions as prepared by recruitment consultant and possible additional questions, and set interview dates.
    1. Receive and review resumes as presented by the recruitment consultant.
      1. Conduct interviews of selected candidates utilizing established questions.
      2. Compare the experience, qualifications, and interview performance of candidates to identify three to five finalists for reference and background check by the recruitment consultant.
      3. Meet with the recruitment consultant to review the outcome of the reference and background checks and take a vote to present an unranked list of the chosen three to five candidates to the Board of Selectmen.
        1. Committee Chairperson and recruitment consultant meet with the Board of Selectmen to present names and resumes of the Finalists.
        2. The Secretary will prepare minutes of each meeting, will act to maintain confidentiality of non-selected candidates, and will assist the Chairman in the preparation of the Committee's Final Report.
        3. The Chairman, with a majority vote of the membership, will provide a summary report on the committee's work for the Board of Selectmen with one copy filed for archival purposes with the Wenham Town Clerk no later than 31 March 2020.

Membership: The Committee will consist of seven voting members who will serve from the date of appointment until 31 March 2020, unless the term is extended prior to that date by the Board of Selectmen.

Conditions: It is anticipated that the work of the Screening Committee will be completed over the course of approximately four meetings within five weeks following the receipt of resumes from the recruitment consultant. The Committee shall function as a governmental body of the Town as defined in the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, and utilize the provisions of said law pertaining to Executive Session in order to act in the best interests of the Town.

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