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Clark looks to move on

Southbridge town manager seeking position in Palmer

Christopher Clark. (click for larger version)
October 24, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Town Manager Christopher Clark is a semi-finalist for the town manager job in Palmer, but hopes to stay in this town.

"It is my firmest desire and hope to [remain] the town manager in Southbridge," he said.

Clark, the Southbridge manager since 2008, is up against seven other candidates for the Palmer position and has been scheduled for an interview sometime in November, according to Palmer Town Council President Paul Burns. Palmer is looking to have a new administrator by the start of next year, Burns said. Clark confirmed his candidacy last week after seeing news reports of it, but said he did not know whether he would go on his scheduled interview.

Clark cited several reasons in applying for the job. He said his job security became more tenuous when the Town Council last year denied his request to extend his three- year contract by a year. Clark said another reason for applying was to be assured he would have a job in order to provide for his family, with whom he lives in Sturbridge.

"Because of the level of uncertainty with the council, I decided to pursue options," Clark said. "[To me] it is important to have continuity."

If hired, Clark would replace former Palmer Town Administrator Matthew Streeter, whom the Council fired earlier this year, according to Burns, who said Streeter was terminated for performance reasons.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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