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Looking past Google

Sturbridge TA search shows controversy doesn't tell whole story

December 08, 2009
STURBRIDGE — With three candidates finally identified, the Board of Selectmen has its work cut out, though a quick Internet search gives a clouded view of two of them.

Despite a battery of qualifications and coming highly recommended and endorsed by the Town Administrator Search Committee, candidates John O. D'Agostino and Pamela T. Nolan have been at the center of what, upon first glance, appear to be controversial issues in municipalities for which they have each previously served.

According to search committee chairman James Ehrhard, those issues are, in fact, non-issues.

The third candidate presented by the committee is Donald D. Crawford of Grosse Point Park, Michigan.

D'Agostino most recently served as town manager in Mansfield, where his term of employment expired on Nov. 30, 2009. The Mansfield Board of Selectmen decided not to renew D'Agostino's contract after 12 years of service.

During the presentation of the finalists' names, Ehrhard indicated a "Google" search of D'Agostino's name would produce documents and news clippings painting him an unfair light.

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