Paul Bockelman is a Hampshire College graduate
The Amherst Select Board surprised Town Meeting at the start of our 6th session by announcing contract negotiations with their #1 pick for new Town Manager (by a 3-2 vote) Maria Capriola fell apart and they were appointing their #2 pick Paul Bockelman assuming they can finalize a contract.
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Staying in Connecticut
Ironically this came on the same day the Amherst Public Schools decided to redo a search for a new principal at Fort River School because of the three finalists only one remained.
But the difference here is the Select Board had used a very careful process right from the start that attracted 70 initial resumes distilled down to a final three, or the best of the best.
Paul Bockelman at 4/27 public forum. Bernie Lynch (left)
And then they set up highly public meet and greets so the general population could weigh in.
Because the Select Board had hired a temporary Town Manager, Peter Hechenbleikner (also not their first choice) who hit the ground running, they did not feel pressured to rush things.
Paul Bockelman has experience galore. We're in good hands.
After all, #2 tries harder.