DOVER -- With at least 26 applications for the town administrator position submitted, the Selectboard decided it was time to assemble a review committee for assistance with choosing the right candidate.
"It's the job of the committee to narrow it down," said Dover Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk.
On Oct. 15, the Selectboard discussed forming the committee and how it will operate. Although the committee will look at all the resumes, it will not interview every applicant.
At an earlier meeting, the board decided that if more than 20 people applied for the position, a committee would be formed to assist with the process.
The five-member committee will consist of one town employee, two citizens at large, a business owner and a Selectboard member. There will also be three alternates. The board will pick names out of different hats.
The board agreed that in the volunteers' requests, they should write which categories they'd like to be included in, and a person may be included in more than one.
By Nov. 1, volunteers must send the interim Town Administrator Jeanette Eckert their request to be a member of the committee. All applications for the town administrator position are due by Oct. 25.
"The committee will be formed shortly after that," said Terk.
One main point the board has discussed is the issue of confidentiality. For instance, applicants who are currently hired by another employer may not want their interest in the position to become known by the public. Names will remain anonymous at least in the beginning stages.
Another point had been the time commitment necessary for applicants to understand.
"The person needs to be committed to attending the meetings," said Capitani. "I think that is really critical."
Although Vermont League of Cities and Towns has assisted the town with learning about the process and its legalities, the VLCT will not be narrowing down the options. The league will provide the committee with a spreadsheet that will have information regarding the applicants. It also will assist with any questions the town has regarding the remainder of the process.
The town administrator position had opened up after Nona Monis gave her notice to the Selectboard on Aug. 6. She told the Reformer that she would be leaving to pursue another career as a virtual assistant and was qualified to draw from her retirement funds; she said her resignation had nothing to do with pleading guilty to a DUI charge earlier in the month.
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