Provincetown Town Manager Job Down to Three Finalists


PROVINCETOWN – Three women have been chosen as finalists for Provincetown’s vacant town manager position.

Maria Broadbent, Robin Craver, and Diana Prideaux-Brune have made the cut after 42 applicants applied for the position.

While the process of selecting a new town manager isn’t complete yet, Bernard Lynch, the head of the consulting firm tasked with searching for candidates, thanked the town’s screening committee for their input along the way during a meeting this week.

“They held our feet to the fire, they challenged us,” Lynch said.

“I think they did a great job in looking at candidates and helping us really market the community, in particular the issues that are facing the town of Provincetown.”

The committee went through rounds of long interviews, which provided them with enough information needed to narrow the field down.

“What came out of that was a very clear opinion by members of the committee that there were three strong candidates that they would like to put forward to the board,” Lynch said.

All three women come from communities off-Cape.

Maria Broadbent is currently the town manager of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. She has also held a number of municipal positions throughout Maryland as well as Newport, Rhode Island.

Broadbent worked at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown in the past, and is being drawn back to the area with this application.

Robin Craver was recently the town administrator of Charlton. She got the job in 2006, but The Telegram and Gazette reported in October that the town’s board of selectmen agreed with Craver to mutually part ways.

Prior to that, Craver worked as the town administrator of Webster and Georgetown. Craver was also a finalist for the town administrator position in Bourne last month, which went to Anthony Schiavi.

Diana Prideaux-Brune’s experience, according to Lynch, is in project management and development. She is currently the deputy director for planning and development at the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Her previous experiences include being the senior project manager at the Massachusetts School Building Authority and associate vice president for facilities at Williams College.

In addition, she was the chief planner of Lowell.

The finalists are scheduled to take part in an open house for community members, along with interviews with the Provincetown Select Board, on December 16. From there, the board is set to vote on the matter the next day.

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