Cohasset: Selectmen debate controversial town manager search issue

Cohasset selectmen met Tuesday night and approached the controversial and politically sensitive issue of searching for a permanent town manager.

The issue, which was place on the agenda at the request of Selectman Karen Quigley, turned into a long debate over whether to take a symbolic vote to actually begin the process of searching for a permanent town manager.

Selectman Steve Gaumer didn’t mince words and went right to the heart of the issue – whether the board should consider Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski as a candidate.

 “I’m simply addressing the elephant in the room. Let’s get it out on the table. If the board is willing to accept the candidacy of the acting town manager for the permanent town manager’s role, then when have that one stumbling block out of the way. We don’t have to dance around it. We simply say, ‘ok, we’re willing to accept that candidacy’.  Then Mike (Milanoski) is then within a process and a pool, that puts him in competition with other candidates. So long as that process is transparent, we come away with the best possible outcome for the town,” Gaumer said.

Selectman Diane Kennedy’s frustration was evident after a long debate on whether to take a symbolic vote to begin the town manager search process.

“We just got to move on. I’m sorry – I’m losing my patience here. Just put discussion of town manager search, (for the next meeting) and objectives and process. Put action requested on the next agenda. If we go through the – dat dat duddle luddle lut dat da da – the circus again – we’ll move it to the next one”, Kennedy said.

The selectmen are scheduled to revisit the town manager issue at their meeting next Tuesday.


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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.