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December 24, 2012

Selectmen to consider contract with private financial firm


“We want the expertise and experience from the firm to help guide us to the annual Town Meeting on April 6,” Andrews said. “They will also be looking at the overall system and whether we can make the budget process more efficient.”

As the former town administrator in Wareham, Andrews worked with a number of different firms, including Baystate Municipal Services, he said. He said many of the groups find out about such opportunities through the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

Former Selectman Harriet Davis, who lost to Selectman Patrick Wilson in the May 2011 election, has spoken out against the plan.

“I don’t want a consultant for seven months,” Davis said. “We don’t want an outsider coming in and running the department off-site. There needs to be a full-time person in the office as soon as possible.”

Such a consultant should work for the town for a few weeks while the job is posted, she said.

Andrews disagrees with Davis’ concerns and thinks the town is moving in the right direction.

“We have an opening in a major department,” Andrews said. “We want to make sure we have a solid transition plan.”

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