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Pelham town administrator set to be named tonight

PELHAM — Selectmen are expected to appoint a new town administrator at their meeting tonight with the expectation that the new administrator will be starting work on June 1.

Former Town Administrator Tom Gaydos was placed on administrative leave in early January and gave his official resignation about a month later. 

Gaydos, who had worked as the town’s administrator since 2002 and previously served as town administrator in Ashland and Ossipee, did not give a reason for his resignation, and selectmen didn’t readily discuss their reasons for placing him on administrative leave.

Selectmen Chairman Edmund Gleason said 24 applicants for the position were narrowed down to eight finalists, of which two withdrew from consideration before the final interviews with selectmen.

“We interviewed six people and we narrowed it down to the guy we want,” said Gleason. He said the board would not officially name the finalist until its Tuesday meeting.

However, Gleason said the presumptive town administrator does encompass many of the skills the board was looking at for the position, including interpersonal and management skills and leadership ability.

“The people we looked at were not necessarily current town managers or town administrators, but they demonstrate the ability to manage situations and deal with various types of personnel problems,” said Gleason.

With a five-member board of selectmen, Gleason said the administrator will need to be able to handle a variety of management styles as well as showing skill communicating and relating to the general public.

With the expected appointment this week, Gleason said the board will meet the June 1 start date it established for the new administrator.

Once a change to the position is made, it will give acting Town Administrator and current Police Chief Joseph Roark the ability to once again focus full-time on the police department.

Gleason praised the job Roark has done as acting administrator, while also making sure the police department ran smoothly.

“He’s done a superb job,” said Gleason. “He brought a fresh perspective to the job and opened our eyes to some things.”

A salary for the new town administrator wasn’t listed on the advertisement for the position, but town documents indicate Gaydos’ annual salary was $103,000 at the time he was placed on leave.

Gleason indicated that the salary for the new administrator would not be available to be made public until the new contract is signed.

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