Yarmouth Selectmen to Revisit Town Administrator Search

CCB Media Photo Yarmouth Selectman Erik Tolley

CCB Media Photo
Yarmouth Selectman Erik Tolley

YARMOUTHYarmouth selectmen will once again look to finalize an article on this year’s Town Meeting warrant, seeking funds to begin a second search for a new town administrator.

Article 1 of the warrant calls for $200,000 in free cash to cushion the current year’s fiscal budget, using $25,000 of the funds to conduct a new search.

The town’s finance committee has said it would not approve funds for a new search, and Selectmen Chairman Erik Tolley said funds available for the search are currently about $6,000.

“We have a $19,000 gap and we have a finance committee that has taken the position that they’re not going to authorize any internal transfers to fund a new search,” Tolley said.

Peter Johnson-Staub is currently the Interim Town Administrator, but with his 90-day interim status about to run out and lack of support from two board members, Tolley adds that a search needs to happen and is hoping to be able to bring a measure forward to voters.

“It seems pretty clear to me that in the absence of a finance committee approval, we do need town meeting approval,” Tolley stated.

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