DRACUT -- Selectmen will publicly interview the four finalists named by the Town Manager Search Committee to succeed the retiring Dennis Piendak on successive Tuesday nights, with two candidates to be scheduled to appear at Harmony Hall on Aug. 6, and the remaining two candidates Aug. 13, the board has decided.
According to Assistant Town Manager Glen Edwards, who selectmen assigned the task of contacting the candidates to confirm the interviews, the first two finalists will be invited to attend an hour-long meet-and-greet with department heads and the public Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. at Harmony Hall.
At 6 p.m., the first finalist will sit for an interview before selectmen that will be televised on Dracut Access Television's channel 99. The second finalist's interview will begin at 7:30 p.m., Edwards said.
On Aug. 13, the second two candidates are invited to meet with department heads and the public at Harmony Hall at 4:30 p.m. The Individual interviews start at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with both also being publicly televised.
The four finalists whose names were first revealed by the committee July 17 include: Andover's 12-year Assistant Town Manager Stephen Bucuzzo; former 10-year Rehoboth Town Manager David Marciello; 18-month Seekonk Town Administrator Pamela Nolan; and three-year Georgetown Town Administrator Michael Farrell.
Edwards said Wednesday he hoped to publish the candidates' specific order of televised interviews by Thursday, after speaking individually to Marciello, Nolan, Bucuzzo and Farrell about potential summer-vacation conflicts.
Through a phone call to Farrell at the Georgetown selectmen's office Wednesday, he said he was "very much looking forward to" his interview with Dracut selectmen.
Farrell, 62, a native of Wilkes-Barre, Penn., was hired in June 2010 by Georgetown selectmen for a three-year term at an annual salary of $91,000. Before that, Farrell was town administrator in Hooksett, N.H., from 1997 to 2003, and town manager of Littleton, N.H., from 1993 to 1997.
The Sun Chronicle of Seekonk reported last week Nolan planned to speak privately with each Seekonk selectman to explain her reasons for seeking employment. In addition to being a finalist, Nolan has also interviewed to fill town-manager openings in Topsfield and Maynard, the local newspaper learned.
Nolan said she was surprised by how rapidly she was named one of Dracut's final four.
"What surprised me was the quickness," Nolan told the Sun Chronicle. "I didn't expect to be a finalist."
Seekonk Selectmen Chairman Nelson Almeida said in a phone interview July 17 that he was surprised to learn from the Sun that Nolan was looking elsewhere for employment halfway through her three-year contract.
Nolan was formerly the town administrator in Truro. She was hired in Seekonk in June 2011.
Finalist Stephen Bucuzzo, Andover's assistant town manager since 2001, told the Andover Townsman he would not comment publicly on his candidacy for the Dracut town-manager post until after his interview with Dracut selectmen this month.
Bucuzzo, 49, of Haverhill, made $124,000 in Andover last year.
Marciello, the only one of the finalists not drawing a paycheck from a municipality, told The Sun last month he believes the town is an ideal fit for someone with his communication and fiscal-management skills set. Since leaving the Rehoboth town-manager post, which paid him $72,500 annually, Marciello has operated a law firm in Rehoboth, where he resides.
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