Town Administrator Screening Committee

Committee Charge 

The Town Administrator Screening Committee is responsible for presenting the names  of 2-4 individuals, who shall be considered finalists, to the Town Select Board for  consideration as appointment as the Town Administrator of Fairhaven. The Screening  Committee members shall use their best judgment and understanding of the criteria for selection of the Town Administrator that is outlined in the Position Statement that has  been prepared by the Town’s recruitment consultant with the input and information of the Select Board and other town officials; and that will be utilized in conducting  outreach to solicit candidates for the position. The Screening Committee shall work  collaboratively with the Town’s recruitment consultant in executing their responsibilities.  

The Screening Committee’s work shall include: 

1. Meet to choose a committee Vice-Chairperson and Clerk 

2. Meet with the Town’s Recruitment Consultant to discuss questions regarding the Select Board approved Position Statement, review process of interviews, discuss  questions as prepared by recruitment consultant and possible additional questions,  and set interview dates. 

3. Receive and review resumes as presented by the recruitment consultant.

4. Conduct interviews of selected candidates utilizing established questions.

5. Compare the experience, qualifications and interview performance of candidates  to identify up to 5 finalists for reference and background check by the recruitment  consultant. 

6. Meet with the recruitment consultant to review the outcome of the reference and  background checks and take a vote to present an unranked list of the chosen candidates to the Select Board. 

7. Committee Chairperson and recruitment consultant meet with the Select Board to present names and resumes of the Finalists. 

It is anticipated that the work of the Screening Committee will be completed within five weeks. The Committee shall function as a governmental body of the Town as defined in  the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, and utilize the provisions of said law pertaining  to Executive Session in order to act in the best interests of the Town. To the extent  permitted by law, the Screening Committee shall maintain the names and any information  about the candidates in strict confidence until it votes its recommendations are presented  to the Select Board. Names and information pertaining to candidates not chosen as  Finalists shall be retained as confidential.



Town Moderator- Chairman

School Committee Representative

David Braga

Planning Board Representative

Robert Grindrod

Finance Committee Representative

Board of Public Works Representative

Kimberly Trahan

Community Representative (appointed by Selectwoman Powers)

Community Representative (appointed by Selectman Espindola)

Anne Morton-Smith

Citizen-at- Large

Gloria Perperas

Citizen-at- Large