Before the vote on Andrews’ raise, Whittaker apologized to Andrews if the review came across as being primarily negative. He said the review focused on areas in need of improvement.
“I am a big fan of Mark’s performance,” Whittaker said Tuesday. “I think he is doing a great job.”
Wilson mentioned many of Andrews’ accomplishments in his support for the merit raise, including a restructuring of the Finance Department using an outside firm and a smooth transition to the regional dispatch center in Middleton.
“I think settling of the labor contracts is an enormous accomplishment for the town, and the goodwill that has created between the administration and the departments is really a testament to a lot of the excellent skills Mark brings to the position,” Wilson said. “I think that Mark has helped us find ways to be innovative within our budget and to find ways to realize savings for the taxpayer.”
Andrews was hired in Wenham in March 2012 on an interim basis to replace outgoing Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren, who was hired in Marblehead. Andrews’ contract was extended for another year on May 21, as selectmen conduct a town administrator search, which was promised when Chelgren left.
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