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Search panel speaks out


Members discuss problems encountered in process


September 09, 2009
STURBRIDGE — The day after a meeting with the Board of Selectmen where the majority of the Town Administrator Search Committee resigned en masse, members of the selectmen-appointed body spoke out about the vetting process, selectmen, and where the search is headed from here.

Four of the five search committee members resigned from their posts Tuesday night following a lengthy discussion about what some selectmen said was the perceivable presence of leniency in the committee's adherence to the established criteria of the position.

The committee's decision to rewrite the advertisement for the position and begin the search anew rather than present three finalists, had some selectmen suggesting nepotism — or at least the appearance thereof — might cross the minds of townspeople.

"I don't think that [Selectman] Tom Creamer or anyone really meant to question anyone's integrity," said Selectman Scott Garieri, the only remaining member of the search committee, of his fellow board member. Creamer led the line of questions highlighting a familial relationship between Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Mary Blanchard and an applicant for the Town Administrator position.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community events.

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