Yarmouth Selectmen Set to Interview Town Administrator Finalists

KA_Yarmouth_Town Hall_01_120215YARMOUTH – Yarmouth selectmen will interview the two finalists for the town administrator’s job Saturday.

They include Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark and Daniel Knapik, the green communities director with the state Department of Energy Resources.

There were three finalists for the position out of the 32 who applied, but one of the finalists dropped out.

“We’re more than a little disappointed that we only have two instead of three applicants to come to you because we all agreed on the third choice and had hoped that he would be here as well for your consideration,” said DeWitt Davenport, chairman of the Town Administrator Selection Committee, during their presentation to selectmen last month.

The interviews are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Interim Town Administrator Peter Johnson-Staub left Yarmouth to become the new assistant town manager in Falmouth earlier this month.

Former Yarmouth Town Administrator Robert Lawton is currently serving in his old job on an interim basis until permanent administrator is chosen.

Johnson-Staub was previously a finalist for the position when selectmen were considering William Hinchey’s replacement last year, but withdrew his name after selectmen couldn’t agree on offering him the position.

Selectmen Michael Stone and James Quirk refused to vote for Johnson-Staub, ignoring the overwhelming will of the town meeting earlier this year which took a non-binding vote in favor of giving him the job.

The Yarmouth town charter requires a 4/5’s majority of selectmen to hire a new administrator.

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