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Sturbridge search panel back to square one

Selectmen outline reasons for their votes

December 22, 2009
STURBRIDGE — While the Town Administrator Search Committee dives back into the pool of candidates, hoping this time to come up with three candidates acceptable to the Board of Selectmen, members of that board shared their opinions on why the process has been further halted — and what they're looking for as it continues.

Although members of the Board of Selectmen did not reach a consensus of support for any of the three finalists — John D'Agostino, Pamela Nolan and Donald Crawford — two of the five members came to the Monday, Dec. 21 meeting prepared to take a vote, while the other three were unimpressed with the candidates.

Selectman Scott Garieri, who is the only person to be part of both configurations of the search committee, said he was, and still is, prepared to support D'Agostino for the position, and that the lack of support for that particular candidate is based in one factor.

"I can tell you first-hand that he's the most qualified," Garieri said. "He's run big projects before, he's overseen building of wastewater treatment plants, he's overseen buildings under renovation, he's built schools. We've got wells going in, we've got all this stuff, so obviously we need somebody who has the ability to do all this stuff, and he does."

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