Frustrations over the financial quagmire in the treasurer's office boiled over on Wednesday when Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher took the town administrator to task and she walked out of the meeting.
The Town Administrator Search Committee has been soliciting feedback from residents through an anonymous survey and received some unexpected results.
On Friday, the committee discussed three themes of concern that were identified in the responses: communication and transparency, taxes and finances, and personnel concerns.
The committee advising the Select Board on the selection of the next town manager is launching a multi-front effort to gather input from the community about its priorities for the next occupant of the corner office at Town Hall.
The search committee, which includes two members of the five-person Select Board, reviewed a draft job posting and draft survey questions compiled by GovHR, the head-hunting firm employed by the Select Board to guide the search process.
The board discussed at its regular meeting Tuesday the results of the town meeting earlier this week. Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi said that Monday's town meeting brought "amazing news with the approval of the town administrator position."
The finalists interviewed were Kathleen Degnan, former Pittsfield city solicitor; Alicia Fonash-Willett, assistant town clerk and information technology coordinator for the town of Durham, Conn., and Jennifer Morse, the current town administrator in Ashfield.
After nearly nine months of turmoil surrounding the Police Department which led to the departures of both its former chief and Hoch himself, he made it clear this winter that he wants the advice of a diverse group of residents before hiring a temporary replacement for former Chief Kyle Johnson.
He said input would help build a job description. For example, Webber asked if the selectmen wanted a full-time, part-time, or shared town administrator. He also wanted to know what kind of authority the new town administrator should have.
Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV has stepped down immediately from his post.
St. John said he'd been mulling the decision for sometime and that there was no single incident or situation that prompted his choice.