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Schedule of Town Manager finalist interviews for to be determined

Date: 6/4/2012

June 4, 2012

By Chris Maza

LONGMEADOW — The Select Board hopes to decide upon the date when candidates for the Town Manager position will be interviewed at its June 4 meeting.

Select Board Clerk Marie Angelides, who was charged with the oversight of the search and serves as the board's representative on the screening committee that has been filtering down the candidates, told Reminder Publications she plans to update the board on the status of the search in order to set up a schedule for interviews with the finalists the screening committee recommends.

"I will be making a presentation at that meeting and we will be discussing our options," she said. "Hopefully the date will be decided at that meeting so we can continue moving forward."

The search committee has been interviewing 10 candidates for the position that were gathered through a national recruiting campaign operated with the assistance of the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The purpose of the interviews is to whittle the list of candidates to three or four that will be presented to the Select Board for final interviews.

"Those interviews will be part of a public meeting and they will be televised," Angelides said.

All applicants for the position were required to have bachelor's degree and a master's degree was preferred. Applicants were required to have had at least seven to 10 years experience in a role in which he or she "oversees the day-to-day operations of a public entity governed by an elected political body that makes decisions in public" in order to be considered, according to the job description posted by the Collins Center.

The town was presented with the task of finding a new Town Manager on Oct. 6, 2011 when current Town Manager Robin Crosbie announced to the board that she would be seeking other employment opportunities in anticipation of the June 30 expiration of her current contract.

Crosbie was hired as the first town manager in the history of Longmeadow in 2005 after a Town Meeting voted to approve a new town charter that required the creation of the position.

Crosbie's replacement is expected to make approximately $115,000 to $135,000, in accordance with recommendations made by the Collins Center. Crosbie, who has not received a raise in four years, made $98,561 in 2011, according to the Annual Town Report.

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