Tuesday night, Cohasset Selectmen discussed Mike Milanoski’s contract as Acting Town Manager which expires in June.
Recently, Cohasset voters failed to accept an amendment to the Town Manager Act so Milanoski could be hired as the permanent Town Manager. But Selectmen Chair Paul Carlson stated during the Selectmen’s meeting that the amendment will go before Cohasset voters again during Annual Town Meeting.
However some residents feel the town has already made its decision. “Why are we spending so much time trying to save the job for one individual? All due respect to Mr. Milanoski, he’s not one in a million people who can do this job, he’s one of a million of people who could do this job,” said Agnes McCann
But many residents believe Milanoski should retain his job as Acting Town Manager—at least until Cohasset settles a lawsuit that was brought against the town by former Town Manager Mike Coughlin.
Jack Keniley from the Capital Budget Committee said it would be disastrous for Selectmen to hire someone permanently, “Let’s say he wins his case, he comes back, and he says, “I want my job back.” What do we do with somebody we’ve hired under a contract for three years? We put ourselves in another legal situation.”
Cohasset Selectmen voted 3-1 to create a new Acting Town Manager contract for Milanoski that will expire at the end of 2013. The Board said they plan to conduct a Town Manager search in the next few months and hope that Milanoski will be a contender.