Lakeville aims to hire town administrator by August

May 14, 2024

LAKEVILLE —  Lakeville hopes to have found a full-time Town Administrator by the end of the summer. 

The town administrator search committee put together a job posting that was listed on the Massachusetts Municipal Association's website at the beginning of May. 

An updated job description was approved by the Select Board at its May 13 meeting.

Those interested have until June 3 to apply to the job listing.

Applications will go through an initial review by Municipal Resource Inc., the consultant assisting the town in this process. Candidates selected by the consultant will then be submitted to the Town Administrator Search Committee, which is made up of town officials and residents. The search committee will select top contenders who committee members will then interview. This is expected to happen by mid-July, according to the consultant’s timeline.

The names of the Search Committee’s top contenders will then be brought to the Select Board, who will conduct public interviews of the finalists. The consultant’s timeline estimates that an employment offer will be made by mid-August, and that the new town administrator will begin work in October. 

Adding some pressure to this process is the fact that interim Town Administrator Robert Nunes’ contract only goes through the end of July.

Regarding the selection process, Select Board and Search Committee member Maureen Candito said “we’re committed to doing it as expediently as possible because we only have [Nunes] until the end of July.”

Nunes has stated however that he is willing to remain in the position until the Select Board finds a candidate to take his place.

The salary range of $145,000 to $165,000 for the position will be “commensurate with qualifications and experience,’’ according to the job posting. 

The posting also states that the ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in public administration or related field and a minimum of three to five years of experience as a municipal administrator or assistant administrator.

An equivalent combination of education and experience which “demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities’’ may also be considered. 

Additionally, the town administrator must be a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official, or be able to obtain that certification in 18 months. This certification is given to indicate that an individual has a high level of procurement-related experience, which is related to acquiring supplies and equipment.