Select Board Set to Launch Town Manager Search Process

April 7, 2023
Bedford Town Hall
Bedford Town Hall. Photo Robert Dorer

The Bedford Select Board plans to formally launch the search process for a new town manager at its meeting on Monday evening in Town Hall.

Monday’s agenda includes a 25-minute block for “Town Manager Transition, Process, Next Steps.”

Town Manager Sarah Stanton informed the board more than three weeks ago that she is resigning to accept a new position. She shared the news publicly through a printed announcement on March 28, but has not specified when she will depart or where she will land.

The Select Board’s agenda includes “Appointment of Colleen Doyle, Interim Town Manager – Effective May 1, 2023.” Doyle is Assistant Town Manager for Human Resources and Administration.

The “overview and outline of transition” includes discussion of finding a professional search consultant, through a formal request for qualifications. The agenda also calls for “Establishment of Select Board Sub-Committee and Town Manager Screening Committee.”

In 2018, following Town Manager Richard Reed’s retirement announcement, a seven-member citizens’ search committee worked with a municipal executive search consultant, who screened resumes and application materials. The committee recommended four finalists, who were interviewed by the Board of Selectmen. 

The consultant who coordinated the search was Robert Mercier of Municipal Resources, Inc. Mercier is a former town manager in Burlington and Billerica.

Also on the agenda Monday is the acknowledgment of three positions that will be vacated by Stanton’s departure. The Town Manager chairs the Fire Station Building Committee, serves on the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, and is the Bedford delegate to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Select Board member Margot Fleischman is Bedford’s alternate delegate.

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