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Contract renewed for town manager

BRATTLEBORO—The town has renewed Town Manager Barbara Sondag’s contract until October 2013.

At the Selectboard’s Oct. 19 meeting, Vice-Chair Dora Bouboulis objected to the two-year renewal on the grounds that no town manager should have more than a one-year contract.

Bouboulis felt citizens should have the right to remove someone from office if they were unhappy with an official’s performance. She said elected officials like selectboard members could be voted out but voters couldn’t remove a town manager, if needed.

She also stressed her comments did not reflect on Sondag’s performance but on the town’s system of governance.

Jesse Corum, selectboard clerk, said Sondag’s contract already contained a clause saying the town manager could be removed from her position.

Selectboard member Daryl Pillsbury said he agreed somewhat with Bouboulis, but to get good people for a job, the town needed to offer stability. He said he wanted to give his full support to Sondag.

“Quality where you see it is really something special to have. Glad that we have her [Sondag],” said Selectboard Chair Dick DeGray.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #73 (Wednesday, October 27, 2010).

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