Temporary Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner, SB Chair Alisa Brewer
Happy headhunter Bernie Lynch suggested the Select Board set the pay scale for a permanent new Town Manager at $155,000+, a tad higher than the $151,000 or so John Musante was making at the time of his untimely death.
Peter Hechenbleikner, at his first meeting as Temporary Town Manager, suggested that it was actually kind of low by eastern side of the state standards. Although certainly high enough to generate interest and bring in resumes.
Bernie Lynch tells SB he's had about a dozen responses of interest thus far
Applicants will need ten years experience in overseeing a municipal operation as a minimum qualifier and there was some discussion about the use of the term "seasoned" vs "tested," which they later went with. Apparently "seasoned" is a term that favors middle aged white males.
Because the 9 member Charter Commission will form this March 29 and could very well create a government minus a Town Manager, the Select Board thought it wise not to require residency as part of the job requirement.
Buying a house in Amherst is of course more expensive than, say, Hadley; and even renting an apartment in town is a lot higher than our neighboring communities.
Of course that alone would give the new Town Manager an insight into one of the larger problems facing Amherst: affordable housing.
And with Amherst being in the top ten statewide for property tax rates, all our residential housing has onerous annual overhead costs.
Timeline to a new Town Manager