By Meredith McCulloch

The Town Manager Search Screening Committee met Thursday, May 10 to organize and outline their calendar of meeting dates. The two Selectmen and five citizens at large were appointed by the Selectmen on May 7 to work with consultants Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI) to screen applicants for the Town Manager position. The committee planned a rigorous schedule of meetings which will result in the selection of three to four candidates to present to the Selectmen at the end of June.

Betsey Anderson, former Town Moderator and Selectman, was elected chair of the committee.  Emily Prince agreed to serve as Clerk. Names of all applicants will be held private until they are presented to the Selectmen. This is allowed under the Open Meeting Law.

In advance of the May 10 meeting, the consultants had written a description of the town and an “Ideal Candidate Profile And Challenge Statement” to be distributed to potential candidates. Members of the committee reviewed those documents and suggested new language about Bedford’s role in Middlesex3, plans to participate in community energy aggregation, and the Town’s commitment to Net Zero.

Approximately nine candidates will be selected for the second stage of screening. They will be asked to submit an essay response to several questions, followed by telephone interviews. Then MRI will do a careful background check on each candidate under consideration. On June 4 the committee will hold an open session to hear comments from the public.

The final group of candidates will be interviewed by the Screening Committee in executive session and ranked for presentation to the Selectmen.  MRI will send packets on each of the finalists to the Selectmen, who will interview them and rank them.  An offer will be made to the first choice.

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