Three finalists named for Hadley town administrator

  • Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon is leaving his post at the end of the year. After receiving 49 resumes, town officials will interview three finalists to replace him on Wednesday.  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/6/2020 3:25:05 PM

HADLEY — Three candidates, all with extensive experience in town government in Massachusetts, will be interviewed this week to become Hadley’s third permanent town administrator. 

The finalists to replace David Nixon, who departs at the end of the calendar year after more than 15 years in the position, are Thomas Guerino of Vernon, Vermont, Bourne’s town administrator for almost 15 years, Joshua Garcia of Holyoke, town administrator in Blandford since April 2018, and Carolyn Brennan of Wilbraham, executive director of East Longmeadow’s Council on Aging since April 2007.

Interviews will take place Wednesday at the Hadley Senior Center, likely in person, though the Town Administrator Search Committee could do the interviews virtually due to the pandemic.

Select Board Chairman David J. Fill II said the hope is to have a recommendation for a candidate to hire that can be brought to the board that night, based on a job simulation and final questions.

Guerino is scheduled to be interviewed between 12:10 and 12:55 p.m., Garcia between 1:05 and 1:50 p.m. and Brennan between 2 and 2:45 p.m.

Municipal Resources Inc. of Meredith, New Hampshire, the executive recruiter, received 49 applications for the position, which was narrowed to 13 semi-finalists by screening resumes and writing samples before six candidates were called for preliminary interviews.

Brennan previously served as executive director of the Council on Aging in Hampden, with her lone position in Hampshire County as co-director of the Jean Elder House in Amherst in the late 1980s.

“My experience has equipped me with a valuable perspective about the benefits of effective and meaningful municipal management,” Brennan wrote in a letter of interest.

Garcia’s work has included serving as manager of municipal services for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for five years, following five years at the Holyoke Housing Authority. 

“Sustaining a high level of public service is the center focus of my practice in the effort to secure the safety of local public resources, maintain good governance and improving the quality-of-life of residents,” Garcia wrote in a letter of interest.

Guerino, acting town administator in the Vermont town, served for nine years as executive director of the Massachusetts Rural Development Council, Inc. based in Amherst.

“My extensive and varied experience in municipal government, human resources, public-sector administration, public policy, budget, negotiation and team building create a confluence, which will be beneficial to the entire community of Hadley, as it moves forward to continue its reputation of professional excellence within the municipality,” Guerino wrote in a letter of interest.

The search committee also included Select Board member Jane Nevinsmith, Superintendent Anne McKenzie, Police Chief Michael Mason, Fire Chief Michael Spanknebel, and resident Paul Mokrzecki.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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