William Fraser long time City Manager Montpelier Vermont
While it has now become somewhat of a joke the correct pronunciation of Amherst minus the h actually served a purpose a generation or so ago before social media and a t-shirt slogan let the cat out of the bag.
My Irish mother pointed out to me that it was a simple way of telling townies from outsiders, from folks who had roots in our little town (even back then a "college town") and folks who may not care as deeply as we do.
Last night the Select Board held an interesting public discussion of questions they will ask the three Town Manger wannabes next week.
Amherst Select Board reading interview questions for 3 Town Manager finalists
Interesting because they were in open public session and did not want to divulge the actual questions since the three candidates could simply watch the Select Board meeting over the next few days on Amherst Media and prepare themselves for the questions.
But one word from one question was divulged --"outsider" -- because Connie Kruger wanted it changed to "newcomer." Fair enough. All three candidates are on level ground because, unlike Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek, none of them are townies.
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Mr. Fraser will by carrying additional baggage, however, since some people will see his recent actions as playing one community -- that he has served for 21 years -- against another.
Others will simply note he would be coming to our awesome community with a 50% raise, so more power to him.