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Board Offers Newman Town Administrator Position

After two hours of interviewing its top candidates, the Mendon Board of Selectmen voted to offer Kimberly Newman the Town Administrator's position. The public interviews took place during the evening of February 6 at the Town Hall.

Newman currently works as the City Administrator in Lyndon, Kan. and prior to that she served as Assistant Town Manager in Killingly, Conn. for five years. During her interview, Newman said she is originally from the area and that it's been her goal to get back while also continuing to work for a municipality. "My goal is to be a small town administrator," she told the Board. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island.

As a City Administrator in Lyndon, Newman works for a City Council made up of a mayor and five council members. As Administrator she is responsible for managing city officers, preparing and managing budgets, writing grants, preparing reports for the City Council, developing and carrying out policies, among other responsibilities. Lyndon's current population is made up of approximately 1,050 residents.

In addition to Newman, the Board also interviewed former Narragansett Town Manager Grady Miller and former Town Administrator of Millbury and Carlisle David DeManche that evening. The Board agreed they liked Newman's energy and that she will help to bring some much needed organization to the town. When asked if she was interviewing in other area communities, Newman responded yes but that "Mendon is my first choice. It's on the top of everyone's list; including mine."

Mendon has been without the executive position for nearly three years after former Town Coordinator Dale Pleau was laid off for financial reasons. For nearly two years, Police and Fire Chief Ernest Horn volunteered as the Interim Town Coordinator to help out.

As of February 11, Newman had signed a conditional offer of employment. However, she was still undergoing the necessary background checks.

In other news, the Board voted unanimously during a February 10 meeting to set a policy that would mandate all future employees to utilize direct deposit for their paychecks. The request was brought forward by Town Treasurer/Collector Linda Hawkes. According to Hawkes, the direct deposit policy will save a small amount of money for the town as well as some time and convenience but also provides more security for employees. Current town employees will be grandfathered in and may therefore continue to receive actual checks for their pay if they choose.


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