LEE – Lee has officially started his search for a new city administrator.
On Monday, the city posted the position and job description in local media and in several online and print publications state and region. The Massachusetts Municipal Association is one of those used to spread the word, according to research committee chair Nick Arienti.
“[MMA] tends to attract the most applicants and has a broad appeal to those active in [municipal] domains, âArienti told The Eagle. He added that the job offer did not include a salary scale, as the salary will be negotiated based on experience.
Lee is looking for a replacement for Christopher Ketchen, who left as daily boss in late September and returned to Lenox’s service as general manager. Ketchen was making $ 128,638 per year, the cost shared equally by Lee and Lenox.
City Clerk Christopher Brittain is the interim city administrator until Ketchen’s successor is found, likely in the first quarter of 2022. A seven-person search committee is leading an open process with no deadline for nominations , Arienti noted.
âWe are looking for a competent budget manager with financial experience and someone who is a leader. I cannot stress enough leadership,â he said.
The job description is based on a city code that details the legal requirements for being a city administrator, such as the candidate’s ability to hire and fire unelected employees. Arienti stressed that a city administrator does not have as much authority as a general manager, who has more of a say in the day-to-day management of a city.
In July, after Ketchen served 4.5 years as the executive director of both cities, Lenox Select’s board asked her to return to her original position. He had been hired as the general manager of Lenox in 2014, and in 2017, an inter-municipal agreement with Lee was approved by each city’s board of directors and at annual city meetings.
A week before Ketchen left, Lee Select’s board of directors appointed the committee – a mix of past and current city officials and community members.
The committee is made up of former selectmen Gordon Bailey and David Consolati; Arienti, who is the chairman of Lee’s finance committee; former Lee Town treasurer, Susan Kelley; and Janet Warner, member of the Lee Youth Commission.
Rachelle Walker, a native of Lee, a former female basketball assistant coach at Lee Middle and High School, and Marilyn Wyatt, a native of Maryland, who lived and worked in US embassies for 20 years, before returning in this country in 2014, are newcomers on the search committee.