Hanover: Officials differ over governmental priorities

Some differences of opinion were expressed at the Hanover Selectmen’s meeting Monday night, regarding board policies and the search for a new town manager.

Selectmen Vice-Chair Joe O’Brien, who’s also on Hanover’s Policy Setting Sub-Committee, presented selectmen with the sub-committee’s comprehensive interim report, which focused on the policies and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager.

O’Brien pushed to set a date for the selectmen to further discuss the policies, which included finding a new town manager.

However, there are some differences of opinion about the issue.

Selectman Dan Pallotta said finding a new town manager should be the board’s most single, top priority at this time.

“I don’t think we should spend one minute on policy until we hire a town manager. I think the board should dedicate every minute of every extra day, to the task. “

“With regards to policy – I’ve been trying to talk for the past five meetings and the majority on this board has refused to even let me  bring up issues. I had to just sit and listen to an hour editorial on what policy is and what is a good policy and what is a bad policy and what is this and what is that,” Pallotta said.  

The board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday night for a work session to discuss both the board’s policies and hiring a new town manager.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.