Mayor will seek re-elec­tion

Lit­tle­john quashes ru­mours he wants town man­ager’s job

The Compass - - NEWS - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

Bay Roberts Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john says he has no in­ter­est in tak­ing a staff po­si­tion with the town.

At last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, the mayor said he wanted to “quash some of the ru­mours that had been fly­ing around.”

Town Man­ager Ed Frad­sham is due to re­tire and it ap­pears the tra­di­tional role of town man­ager will go with him.

Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh ex­plained the town is in the process of cre­at­ing a po­si­tion for a new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer (CAO).

Coun. Ger­ald Green­land gave an over­view of the sit­u­a­tion from the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee say­ing, “the town is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rapid growth.

“So with an in­crease in growth there’s an in­crease in coun­cil­lors’ work­loads; the staff has an in­creased work­load and tak­ing a new di­rec­tion will bet­ter serve the needs and de­mands of busi­ness and res­i­dents. We rec­om­mend com­plete re­struc­tur­ing of in­side and out­side staff and cre­at­ing a CAO to pro­vide new lead­er­ship and vi­sion,” Green­land said.

“The com­mit­tee feels this is a nec­es­sary step to meet the chal­lenges of the fu­ture. This is the first step.”

Green­land said in ad­di­tion the com­mit­tee is sug­gest­ing when a new coun­cil is elected in Septem­ber, one of the man­dates should be to cre­ate a di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works po­si­tion.

“Most of the larger towns have sim­i­lar struc­tures,” he said.

Coun­cil ap­proved Green­land’s mo­tion that the cur­rent po­si­tion of town man­ager be de­clared re­dun­dant and a CAO po­si­tion be cre­ated; and that the com­mit­tee be given ap­proval to draft up the CAO job de­scrip­tion and hire an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to search for a suit­able can­di­date.

“I’d like to see coun­cil still be in­volved in the pro­ce­dure,” said Coun. Phil Wood.

The mayor told him that coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives would sit in dur­ing the in­ter­view process and de­sign the job de­scrip­tion.

“An in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant will do the hir­ing,” he said.

The mayor brought up the ru­mours that he was go­ing for the job, dur­ing the fi­nal seg­ment of the meet­ing.

“ I want to say I have no in­ter­est in tak­ing the po­si­tion of town man­ager,” he de­clared, adding, “I will be seek­ing re-elec­tion as mayor in the fall.

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