Six weeks after the departure of longtime Town Manager Bill Sequino, the Town Council is ready to sit down and review applications for his successor. That’s no easy task since it has 40 such applications to review, including one submitted by interim Town Manager Tom Coyle, who is EG’s police chief.
Resumes came from Rhode Island, greater New England and across the country, said Town Council President Michael Isaacs. There's even one that came in from South America.
Isaacs said council members will review the resumes in executive session Tuesday night (Aug. 13) and decide which applicants they are interested in interviewing.
Councilors are not planning on a specific number of interviews, Isaacs said. Rather, they wanted to be able to look at all the applications and go from there. If it turns out they arrive at a large number of potential candidates to interview, they may have a second cut, he said.Isaacs outlined their ideal candidate this way:
"We are looking for someone who will be a good administrator; who will work well with residents, Town Council and employees; who shares our goals of superior service to residents while controlling expenses and the tax rate; municipal government experience; an understanding of budgetary and financial matters. We want someone who will become involved in the community and not view the position as merely a job and who will have a commitment to maintaining standards of excellence."
The last time East Greenwich hired a town manager, there was a requirement in the Town Charter calling for the manager to live in town.
"I think we would prefer that the manager live in town. However, it will not be a requirement," said Isaacs, noting that residency requirement laws were changed a few years ago.