Mayor will seek re-election
Littlejohn quashes rumours he wants town manager’s job
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.