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Merrimack considering assistant town manager


MERRIMACK — Next month, town officials will consider whether to change the town charter to incorporate an assistant town manager title.

The request will not include a new employee position, but rather add duties to the existing finance director position, and then update the employee’s title to assistant town manager — a position that does not exist in Merrimack.

“I highly recommend this change,” Town Manager Eileen Cabanel told the Merrimack Town Council last week.

Since Cabanel was hired more than three years ago, she said Finance Director Paul Micali has taken on additional duties that are not typically part of the financial scope.

“He has taken on tasks that are above and beyond the finance director,” said Cabanel, adding those additional responsibilities were accepted willingly and accomplished well.

Some of Micali’s extra duties include assisting with union contract negotiations, attending negotiation meetings and helping to entice new businesses to town while encouraging current businesses to remain in town, according to Cabanel.

“In my absence, he serves in my capacity when I am not here,” she said, adding Micali is a good representative for Merrimack, and she envisions his duties increasing.

The town council did not discuss the request last week, but will schedule a public hearing on the matter next month.

The proposed change to the administrative code of the town charter states, “When assigned by the town manager, (the assistant town manager) assumes the responsibilities of the town manager when he/she is temporarily unavailable and the town council has not appointed an acting town manager pursuant to … the charter.”

Micali, as the town’s finance director, is responsible for pre-audit and post-audit work, maintaining the general financial accounts of the town, preparing financial reports, negotiating loans, supervising financial records and handling employee earnings.

In 2011, Micali served as interim town manager for about two months when former Town Manager Keith Hickey left his post.

khoughton@newstote.com

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