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Sherborn TA Search Committee Talks About Best Qualities For Potential Candidates

The committee is going to review the applicants using a grid that maps out the qualities they would like to see in the new TA.

The Sherborn Town Administrator Search Committee met again on Thursday evening to iron out the qualities they are looking for in a town administrator.

Chairman Neil MacPherson created a grid with potential traits in order to help expedite the process of culling through the applicants.

Committee member and selectmen Paul DeRensis noted, “A good communicator is 80 percent of the job.”

Committee member George Shea said that finding someone with management experience should be a priority.

Shea said he would weigh management in the public sector higher than in the private. He believes experience working with public elected officials is important.

Chairman of the Sherborn Board of Selectmen and member of the search committee Tom Twining noted that the upcoming studies by the State Department of Revenue and University of Massachusetts Boston Colin School of Management could possibly be part of the interview process.

The potential start date for the new town administrator is September 1 and Twining said they might have the results back from the Colin School before then.

Selectmen and committee member George Pucci reiterated his strong feelings that the hiring process stay on track and adhere to the deadline they set.

Pucci also noted, there are two internal applicants he would like the committee to consider.

Before their next meeting on June 23, the committee members will individually review candidates according to the grid laid out and come back with information to lessen the candidate pool.

The committee also voted to reopen and repost the advertisement for the job opening. Twining said they will, “leave it open until this committee chooses to close it.”

They also voted to offer a seat on the committee to Sherborn resident Judy Miller.

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