BRATTLEBORO -- The Selectboard is forming a citizen committee to help go through the final interviews as the board prepares to hire a new town manager.
The deadline for submitting an application for the vacant town manager position was Aug. 30 and the town received 62 applications. The board is going to go through the applications next week and find between six and 10 applicants for a first round of interviews, which will probably be done by the board, the interim town manager and possibly a few staff members.
Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein said he wants to have a citizen group to help with the final phase of the interview process.
"We want to let people in the community know that we will be forming a citizen's committee to participate in the second round of interviews," Gartenstein said at Tuesday night's Selectboard meeting. "It is going to happen pretty quickly."
At the next regular Selectboard meeting on Sept. 17 the board is expected to discuss the charge of the citizen committee and the board will also decide how many members will be on that committee. The board will probably accept letters of interest through the end of September and then select the members of the citizen committee at the first regular board meeting in October, though the board is still scheduling the meetings.
The board is going to meet in executive session next week to go through the applications which will have already been graded by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. VLCT is reading through the applications and rating each one based on a grading system the board established. Following the first executive session meeting the board will have a smaller group of applicants to talk with.
Those candidates will be interviewed by the board, the interim town manager and some staff members. Following those interviews the Selectboard will bring the final round of applicants in for more extensive interviews, which will likely include meetings with key staff members, the citizen committee as well as tours of town.
"After the first screening round the goal will be to bring us down to two or three final candidates and at that point we would like to have a process of interviews by which the final candidates will meet with the Selectboard again, with a group of town employees, and also potentially meet with a citizens' group," Gartenstein said. "We will then ask the employee focus group and the citizen focus group to provide feedback back to the Selectboard which will ultimately make the decision after the second round of interviews."
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