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Town council passes over Tripp again, mayor quits CAO search committee

The search for a new chief administrative officer has so frustrated Mayor Doug Martin that he withdrew from town council’s recruitment committee Tuesday.

This followed a special closed session of council Monday night when councillors learned the top candidate in the latest search refused to accept the job and council voted 4-3 to keep looking.

Also in that meeting, Councillor Stephen Passero’s motion to offer the job to someone else was defeated.

It is believed the someone else is Ron Tripp who has been the acting-CAO for nearly a year and a half after Harry Schlange left the post to take a job elsewhere.

It’s also the second time Tripp was passed over in a 4-3 vote.

The four councillors are Bob Steckley, John Hill, Don Lubberts and Paul Collard.

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  1. Dan Andrews | Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    I have some questions. Was Ron trip number two on that list that the hired agency provided? Is “putting this firm back to work” going to cost us more money?

    My comments: If Ron Trip has been doing a sufficient job and was in the top three candidates that the consulting firm selected then dragging this out any longer is irresponsible. If there is some sort of conspiracy theory holding this hiring up then put it on the table so we can examine it, react and move on with business.

  2. Mike Cloutier | Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    The mayor said only that Tripp was one of the top candidates. Also according to the mayor, and I should have tried to fit this in the main story in the paper, there will be no additional costs for service from the recruitment firm. The job is not complete, he said, and the terms are that they will complete the job. There may be additional disbursements for expenses and travel. I will upload a pdf of the paper for free download shortly.

    There is another point — especially with the previous successful candidate, and likely with the current crop. If they want more money than is advertised, the council cannot rightly justify the extra money when they have frozen the wages of management staff. More money for the CAO means the managers could make a strong case for across-the-board bumps.

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