MADISON — A new town manager to replace the retired Dana Berry could be in place by January, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen said.

Berry announced his retirement in October and was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards by the board.

“It depends on schedules and getting interviews planned,” said board chairman Al Veneziano. “If we hire a person that is employed, they probably have to give their notice.”

Berry started working at the town office in June 2011, taking over for longtime town manager Norman Dean. In October, Berry announced that he would be retiring at the end of December, but the Board of Selectmen decided to put him on paid leave rather than have him work through December, saying they did not want to pay for accrued sick days and vacation time after his departure.

Berry, who was hired at a starting salary of $65,000 in 2011, will continue to be paid and receive town benefits through December.

The salary for the new town manager is negotiable, said Veneziano. The Board of Selectmen and department heads are currently sharing the duties of town manager.

The town manager works with selectmen to oversee economic development; the management of municipal services, including supervision of department heads; contract negotiations and leadership of about 20 full-time employees, according to an advertisement for the job posted on the town website.

Candidates should have management experience and a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration is preferred, though candidates with equivalent work experience are also encouraged to apply, the ad said.

Before taking over as town manager, Berry served as a selectman in Madison and was a vice-president of human resources at Backyard Farms. He also held other positions in human resources including at Agway Inc., Mid-State Machine Products in Winslow and Solon Manufacturing in Skowhegan.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

[email protected]

Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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