Paul Bockelman, new Town Manager
After about 20 minutes sequestered away in a side office room adjacent to the Town Room the Amherst Select Board returned from executive session to confirm Paul Bockelman as new Town Manager for three years starting August 22, right around the time our beloved students come flocking back to town.
Select Board retreated behind closed doors
Mr. Bockelman would know that of course since he lived in town as a college student who graduated from Hampshire College many years ago.
Yes, it would have been a little better if the term of the contract was only two years because now Town Meeting loyalists will use that last year buyout as an excuse to vote against a Charter Change, switching our form of government from Select Board/Town Manager/Town Meeting to Mayor/Council.
Town Press Release
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Select Board member Connie Kruger signing the contract