BRATTLEBORO -- In its search for a new town manager, the town hopes the third time is a charm.
Aug. 17 was the deadline for accepting the latest round of town manager applications and Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein announced at Tuesday night's meeting that the town has received 49 applications in the latest town manager search.
This is the third town manager search the Selectboard has held after failing to come to an agreement with the the top candidates in the previous two searches.
"It is a diverse group," Gartenstein said Tuesday night. "We have candidates with significant town manager experience and people with less experience. We have new names and names we've seen before."
Gartenstein said he hoped to go through the applications with the Selectboard soon and then conduct a number of telephone interviews with the top candidates.
After the telephone interviews the board will bring two or three candidates to town for interviews with the board, as well as with a committee of town employees and a third citizens' committee.
Gartenstein said he wanted to get through the applications promptly and move the town manager hiring process along.
Former Town Manager Barbara Sondag shocked the Selectboard on June 18, 2013 when she announced at a Selectboard meeting that she would be moving back to Missouri.
She left a month later and former Assistant Town Manager Patrick Moreland has been acting as the interim town manager ever since.
The Selectboard moved ahead with its first town manager search in the fall, and the board had a top candidate, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on compensation.
During the second search the board also brought in its top candidates for interviews, but again the town was not able to secure its top choice and a third town manager search was opened.
The town made offers to two candidates during the second search but both decided to remain close to their hometowns instead of moving to Brattleboro.
The Selectboard has not divulged many details about the searches, but at a Selectboard meting in July Gartenstein said the board has learned the value of acting quickly in making a decision and offer to its top candidate.
Gartenstein also announced Tuesday that the town was moving forward with its search for a new chief of police.
He said police chief candidates will be interviewed soon.
The town manager will hire the new police chief.
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