HANOVER – The process of finding a replacement for Troy Clarkson as town manager began Monday night.
Clarkson’s last day as town manager was Nov. 5. His contract was set to expire in April of next year, but he decided to leave early after selectmen voted 3-2 in early September not to extend the contract.
On Monday night, selectmen met with representatives of two consulting firms that are interested in being hired to help with the search for Clarkson’s successor, Groux-White Consulting and Municipal Research Inc.
The board will meet with representatives of two other firms, Community Paradigm Associates and the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management, on Wednesday.
A consulting firm would help assemble a search committee and supervise the entire search process.
Thomas Groux of Groux-White Consulting told selectmen that the company’s plan for assisting Hanover would take roughly 18 weeks from the company’s hiring to the hiring of a new town manager.
Selectmen appointed Assistant Town Manager Tony Marino to serve as acting town manager last week.
Richard White of Groux-White Consulting told selectmen Monday night that what Marino “is going through right now and will go through until a replacement is hired is triage. He deals with the most important issues that need to be dealt with, and some of the longer-term things that can be delayed will be delayed because of lack of staffing. Generally, the interims deal with what needs to be dealt with immediately, but the town doesn’t necessarily engage in the long-term planning and work that needs to happen behind the scenes.”