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July 18, 2013

Fitzgerald a finalist for Topsfield post

Former Peabody mayoral candidate seeks administrator job

TOPSFIELD — Sean Fitzgerald, a former mayoral candidate in Peabody, is one of four finalists for town administrator in Topsfield.

Fitzgerald, the current town manager in Plaistow, N.H., is scheduled to be interviewed by selectmen tonight. The other candidates are William DiLibero, former town manager in Charlestown, R.I.; Kellie Herbert, assistant town administrator in Belmont; and Pamela Nolan, town administrator in Seekonk.

The new administrator will replace Virginia “Ginna” Wilder, who retired Dec. 31. Wilder was the town’s first administrator, starting work in 2007. She most recently earned about $100,000 a year.

Fitzgerald, 43, said he enjoys his job in Plaistow but is looking forward to interviewing with the Topsfield selectmen. Before becoming Plaistow’s town manager five years ago, Fitzgerald worked as chief of staff for Peabody Mayor Michael Bonfanti for seven years.

“I thought my background and experience would be a good fit for the town of Topsfield,” Fitzgerald said.

He and his wife have two new additions to the family, twin sons, Wyatt and Xavier, born March 26. They also have a 4-year-old son, Miles.

In Plaistow, Fitzgerald took an unpaid, two-month leave of absence starting in September 2011 to focus on his run for mayor in Peabody. He ultimately lost to Ted Bettencourt by 3,723 votes. He had an agreement with selectmen that if he returned to the job, he would not run for another elected office.

Fitzgerald said he is focused on his interview with Topsfield selectmen and not thinking about another possible run for mayor.

He said he also remains committed to his work in Plaistow as the interview process in Topsfield moves forward.

“We have some wonderful things going on in Plaistow,” he said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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