Thirty-Six Apply for Town Administrator Post

Milford received 36 applications from people interested in the Town Administrator position. Longtime administrator Louis Celozzi Jr. will retire in March.

Thirty-six people have applied and their names are expected to be made public by week's end.

A spreadsheet describing, at a glance, the qualifications of each candidate is expected to be provided to Milford Selectmen Friday, along with a more detailed packet of resumes and letters of interest, said Town Administrator Louis Celozzi. 

At their next meeting, the selectmen are expected to initially discuss how to screen applicants, but selection of people for interviews will not begin until later, said Brian Murray, chairman of the Milford Selectmen.

Celozzi, who has served as town administrator for 16 years, will stay on until March. Selectmen hope to have someone under contract by early March at the latest, Murray said, to give the person time to work alongside Celozzi for a transition.

The Milford Selectmen, who will make the appointment, advertised nationally for the position. Murray said he was not surprised at the number of applicants, saying it was about what he expected for the size of the candidate pool.

Although a contract will be negotiated with the board's pick, the salary range will be between $90,000 and $125,000. The board, in setting the job description, said the person should have experience in government management. A master's degree in business administration, accounting or public administration was strongly preferred.

Past experience elsewhere as a town administrator — the person who is the operational head of town government — was not required.

"I don't know that the position of the administrator is as important, as municipal experience," Murray said.

Susan December 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Are you kidding me, Live and In Color? A Town Administrator is on duty basically 24/7. S/He averages 3 to 4 additional evening meetings per week running 3 to 4 hours not to mention more during budget season. This position requires a Master's Degree in Public Administration. It is also ludicrous that previous experience in a similar position is not required in a town the size of Milford. Makes one believe that they already have someone in mind. A family member of mine was a Town Manager for years. Do not underestimate just how demanding a job this is!
Live and In Color December 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
So? Go find a private sector job comparable, with a masters, that pays that to start on the taxpayer's dime, and with 2 secretary's, doesn't exist. Even if I'm off a few hours, 24/7? I'll call 2am this morning, 5 billions dollar bet I get voicemail? Another bet if I run into the TA at dinner and bring up a problem, the answer is "come to town hall during business hours", which is 37 a week, for TH employees, I know ppl too. People with Masters work salary jobs with a hell of lot more hours than this, and no way near the perks, for $30k a year less. My point is it's just another overpaid job in the cushy world of the govt employee. Maybe you had the luck of an actual hard working town manager in the family, but they are few and far between.
Mary MacDonald December 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Live and in Color, the salary range for the town administrator position was based on comparable positions in other communities. This is not a private sector salary range.
Jim O'Connor December 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The town administrator position carries substantial responsibility and is of great importance to everyone in Milford. We need to pay a salary that will attract a talented and hard working person. Unfortunately you seem to believe that there is no value to the work of public employees and that merely being employed in the private sector magically bestows competence on a person and value on their work, Not always true..
Live and In Color December 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I know that Mary, govt jobs are always paid much better than private, look at a senator, work 6 years, lifetime pension/healthcare, on us! Jim, private def does not mean competent, but starting at 90-120k is insane as TA, why not a 2 year deal at 60k then reviews and raises after that? Other point being that you know some friend of a friend is going to get the gig, and the most qualified won't.


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