After it was reported that the cost to bring in a new town manager would cost about $435,794, finance director Randy Scollins took the time to clarify the the price of the transition during last night’s selectmen meeting.
“The only incremental costs based on the assumptions we’ve been working with is $143,000,” Scollins said. “I wanted to show that these bills are budgeted for, they’re covered.”
Overall it is estimated that the transition to a new town manager will cost $360,884.34 according to an analysis by Scollins. $211,384.92 of the costs are accounted for and are part of the settlement with former town manager Kevin Paicos. The remaining $149,999.42 will be needed for the actual transition.
The additional $143,141.65 needed to mostly cover the transition costs and a portion of the Paicos settlement are expected to come from three sources. Based on Scollins’ calculations, $32,795 will be needed from an Advisory Committee transfer to cover the $14,000 needed for a search committee to find a new manager and $18,975 for Town Clerk Bob Cutler to be the interim town manager.
$95,408.95 will likely be requested as part of an appropriation at this fall’s special town meeting to cover the addition costs of Cutler’s duties as the interim town manager.
Paicos’ vacation buyback and medicate tax on his vacation buyback will cost the town $14,757.
The process to find a new town manager is expected to start next month when the board hopes to talk with the Collins Center for Public Management about helping recruit a town manager.