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DRACUT -- When Seekonk Town Administrator Pamela Nolan is interviewed by Dracut selectmen next month, as one of four finalists chosen by the Town Manager Search Committee to succeed the retiring Dennis Piendak in November, Nolan can claim at least one career accomplishment that Piendak cannot: She's the host of her own cable-TV show profiling town employees called Seekonk Works.

The category in which Piendak far outshines Nolan and her three competitors, however, is longevity, having logged 26 years in Dracut, compared with finalist Stephen Bucuzzo's 12-year run as Andover's assistant town manager, Michael Farrell's three years as Georgetown's town administrator, David Marciello's 10 years as Rehoboth's former town manager, and Nolan, who has been at the helm in Seekonk for 18 months.

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Most surprised to learn of Nolan's job candidacy was Seekonk's Board of Selectmen Chairman Nelson Almeida, who first learned from The Sun that Nolan was named a finalist for the Dracut post.

"If it's a move that's going to be of benefit to her then it is what it is, but she has a three-year contact with us and she's only halfway through her term with us now," said Almeida on Wednesday. "That's why it was a little bit of a surprise. If she had maybe six months left on her contract, and for whatever reason she wasn't getting her renewal, then I'd be saying, 'OK it makes sense.'

"Not having received a phone call from the (Dracut) search committee members to ask me what I think of her job performance as her boss, someone who would have that first-hand information, I find that a little strange," Almeida added.


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Until they revealed the four job candidates' names at Tuesday's selectmen's meeting, Dracut Town Manager Search Committee members Ed Pitta, Elaine Espindle, Thomas Bomil, Charles Braley and Mike Kuenzler held numerous private work sessions to narrow a pool of what they described as 23 "highly qualified" candidates to 15, then six, then four, while guaranteeing confidentiality to all applicants until the finalists were announced, committee members said.

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Nolan, who was previously Truro's town manager for seven years before being hired in Seekonk, has 30 years of senior-level management experience in the private and public sectors, including experience in labor relations, human resources, and media and public relations, according to her resume.

She also worked as a town manager in Plymouth and Westerly, R.I. She was an executive administrator in Weymouth and chief of staff to the mayor of Rome, N.Y.

According to Nolan's employment contract, she earns an annual salary of $106,000 in Seekonk. The Dracut town manager job was advertised in the range of $130,000 per year.

Since leaving the Rehoboth town-manager job, which paid him an annual salary of $72,500, Marciello has operated his own law firm in Rehoboth, where he resides.

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He noted his salary would have been higher had he not turned down several raises during the economic downturn. Marciello said his openness and frequent communication with elected officials, the public, and media is among his greatest strengths as an administrator.

Marciello previously ran his own law firm in Somerville for five years, specializing in employment and municipal law. He holds a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law, along with a bachelor's degree in political science from the UMass Boston.

He also graduated from the Military Police Academy at Fort McClellan, Ala. in 1986. He also resided in Dracut for a period of time during the 1990's and would consider moving back to the area if hired, he said on Wednesday.

Farrell was hired in 2010 by Georgetown selectmen for a three-year term for an annual salary of $91,000. Before working in Georgetown, he served as a senior consultant for Municipal Resources, Inc., for six years, working on municipal projects, part of his 20 years of municipal-government experience.

He was also town administrator in Hooksett, N.H., from 1997 to 2003, town manager of Littleton, N.H., from 1993 to 1997, and director of support services in Goffstown, N.H., from 1990 to 1993.

Before becoming assistant town manager in Andover where he is paid $123,000 annually, Bucuzzo, a Haverhill resident, served as Rockport's town administrator and as a budgeting assistant in Wellesley.

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