DOVER -- Carlo Pilgrim felt like he was in the right place when he settled into the Deerfield Valley a few days ago.
After he was hired as the Dover Town Administrator on Tuesday, he told the Selectboard that he takes his job seriously.
"I will do the best for this town and will enjoy doing it," said Pilgrim. "I hope to be here for some time, although I do live in Wilmington. I really, sincerely thank you for trusting me with this commitment."
This will be his first time living in Vermont. Pilgrim had traveled through Wilmington while picking up his son from college in Bennington and fell in love with the area.
With credentials such as town manager and city manager on his resume, he has close to 20 years of municipal experience under his belt. In Maine, he worked for Newport, Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor.
The last two are sister communities, Pilgrim said, which are tourist destinations. Visitors mostly travel there in the summer. He told the Reformer he was anxious to see how Dover tended to get more visitors in the winter time.
Wednesday was Pilgrim's first day on the town's payroll. He said the other employees were generous with ideas and suggestions.
"Basically, they're doing a wonderful job indoctrinating me," he added.
The position was previously held by Nona Monis who resigned in August. She pleaded guilty to a DUI charge earlier in that month but said it had nothing to do with her decision to leave the job.
The interviewing process was conducted by the Selectboard during executive sessions. During these meetings, Pilgrim found the board members to be friendly and congenial.
"I kind of sensed this is a group that I would certainly enjoy working with," he said. "I told them I only require their support, their trust and their respect. And I sense that this is exactly what I was getting. That was one reason I felt comfortable accepting this position."
Pilgrim told the Reformer that he is excited and feels comfortable about the new job.
Selectboard member Victoria Capitani suggested people should try to reach out and talk to him.
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