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South Hadley OKs contract with new administrator Michael Sullivan

The Select Board announced Tuesday that it has agreed in principle to a contract with Sullivan that will start one day after his current three-year contract as Maynard’s town administrator ends.

“We are very fortunate to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Mike coming on board as town administrator,” Select Board Chairman John R. Hine said in a statement.

Sullivan, who was mayor of Holyoke from 2000 to 2010, was unanimously appointed by the Select Board on March 5 to replace Paul Beecher, who resigned abruptly in January 2012 when the Select Board declined to renew his three-year contract, which still had a year to run. Beecher was paid $85,000.

Sullivan will take on a new position that pays considerably more and carries greater responsibility than previous South Hadley town administrators, following a lengthy process that required Town Meeting action and a special election that approved revamping the post.

The job’s pay scale was raised to $105,000 to $130,000 and the administrator was given greater authority, overseeing the offices of the town clerk, treasurer and collector, and handling contract negotiations with unionized town workers. Although the job carries greater authority, the administrator is still an appointed staffer, subject to Select Board oversight.

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