Wilton considers new job description for town administrator

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:0AM

The Wilton Select Board is updating its town administrator job description, in anticipation of re-hiring a new administrator.

The town administrator job description was a point of contention between the Select Board and the previous town administrator, Scott Butcher. Butcher walked out of a Select Board meeting, quitting on the spot, after the board voted to use a different hiring practice for replacing the town’s bookkeeper than the one proposed by Butcher. At the time, Butcher claimed that hiring for positions was part of his job, and felt that the board had made his job description a “moving target” by changing their minds on hiring practices and his involvement in them.

Looking at the town administrator’s job description has been on the board’s to-do list since Butcher’s resignation. During Monday’s meeting, the board reviewed some potential templates of town administrator job descriptions from other towns, ultimately agreeing to adopt the description used by Gilmanton, where the town’s current interim town administrator, Paul Branscombe, previously worked.

Select Board Chair Kellie-Sue Boissonnault said she was unable to describe the differences between the two descriptions, and referred questions to Branscombe.

Select Board member Kermit Williams said that the Gimanton description is similar to the previous description. Neither, he said, clearly state the process of employee hiring, which was the point of contention with Butcher.

“It’s not spelled out any more clearly,” said Williams. 

Williams and Selectman Matt Fish have both expressed interest in the Select Board having input into the hiring process of new employees, and Williams said that department heads should also be involved. And whatever the process is, said Williams, should ultimately be in the hands of the current Select Board. 

“It’s majority rule in the Select Board. If you’re an employee and your bosses say ‘This is the way we want to do it,’ that’s the way you do it. I certainly have never worked anywhere that my job didn’t change some.”

The Select Board has appointed a search committee to review town administrator candidates, and has contracted Municipal Resources, Inc., to advertise for the position, screen candidates and present multiple finalists to the town.

The board has also received several resumes as a result of their advertising for the town’s administrative assistant. The board entered into a non-public session for the purpose of discussing hiring, but no decision was made as a result of that meeting.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.