Bill Fraser, City Manager Montpelier VT
In spite of pronouncing the h in Am_erst in his closing statement Town Manager finalist Bill Fraser, the 2nd of 3 candidates to be publicly interviewed by our Executive branch, put on a strong performance last night demonstrating an important understanding of how vital a vibrant downtown is to our little college town.
Plus he has experience with affordable housing, reusing a retired school building, and dealing with state government -- all of which would come in handy almost immediately.
Except his city manager contract with Montpelier, VT was renewed for a year and requires a three month notice to be released from it.
So the earliest he could start in Amherst would be August, still enough time to get a feel for the town before the floodgates reopen in September with the return of our #1 demographic, college aged youth.
With 30+ years experience in city government Mr. Fraser would be giving us the last -- and hopefully best -- years of his long career. Whereas the previous candidate, Maria Capriola, is still in the ascending stage.
A tough choice. And there's still one more candidate to go.