Abington: Selectmen vote to not renew Town Manager John D’Agostino’s contract

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John D’Agostino was hired as Abington’s Town Manager in 2010 but along the way he’s ruffled feathers, according to Selectmen who voted 3-2 to not renew another three contract with D’Agostino. The Town Manager’s annual salary has been about $120,000.

Selectmen Chair Andrew Burbine was the only board member who spoke in favor of keeping D’Agostino because he believes D’Agostino showed leadership when Abington’s budget was cut by $1 million last year, “One of his first accomplishments was in working with the Superintendent of Schools to prevent the closing of the Frolio [Middle] School. Mr. D’Agostino has continued to have a very cooperative and collaborative relationship with the school department, something that was none existent prior to the appointment of Mr. D’Agostino.”

However the other four Abington Selectmen say that D’Agostino has a problem with maintaining positive relationships, explaining that he doesn’t have the composure or attitude to be a Town Manager.

It was Selectmen Kevin Donovan who made the motion to not reappoint D’Agostino once his contract expires in April. “You can affect your change without being antagonistic,” says Donovan

D’Agostino will not be paid severance because Abington Selectmen believe he breached his contract by failing to work in harmony and respect with other town boards and committees.

His last day is April 26th, 2013. D’Agostino declined to comment.

Town Manager John D’Agostino (shown left)

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