Thursday, June 14, 2012
Town Administrator Robert Mercier, after 30 years of public service, sat in on his final Board of Selectmen meeting before retirement.
It was an emotion evening at last Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting as current and former town leaders, Town Hall staff members, friends and members of the community came out to see off Burlington Town Administrator Robert Mercier as he sat in on his final meeting before retirement after 30 years of public service, much of it here in town. Mercier announced his retirement last October. He stayed on to give the town time to find a replacement and to see Burlington through the annual May Town Meeting. He is set to leave his post next week. Mercier became Burlington's first Town Administrator in 1980 and held the position until 1986. From 1986 to 1998, Mercier held other positions outside of town; doings stints as the Regional Chamber of …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Town of Burlington and the Keurig Company are in negotiations over a TIF tax agreement as the coffee supplier eyes Burlington for new headquarters.
Burlington Town Administrator Robert Mercier told Patch in an interview yesterday that there has been progress in the negotiations with the Keurig, the company behind the K-Cup coffee makers, which is considering relocating its headquarters to Burlington. "I think things are progressing in a positive way," Mercier said. "We have exchanged proposals and Selectman Daniel DiTucci and I have visited their current headquarters. So far there is nothing in the proposal they submitted or in our response that I believe would be a deal-breaker. I’m very encouraged, but I don’t know, I don’t make the final decision. The people in Keurig and Green Mountain, the parent company, make the final decision." As reported last month, Keurig is looking to find…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Members of the board and Burlington's new Town Administrator John Petrin signed the employment contract during Monday's meeting.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen announced this week that an agreement had been made between the town and Ashland Town Manager John Petrin over the contract that makes Petrin Burlington's new town administrator. Petrin was offered the job last Monday after the board interviewed the three finalist selected by the Town Administrator Search Committee. Later in the week Board Chair Walter Zenkin and Burlington Human Resources Director Joanne Faust met with Petrin and worked out a contract and Zenkin announced the completed negotiations during Monday's meeting. "I am pleased to announce the board has agreed on Mr. Petrin’s contract and he has reviewed and accepted it," Zenkin informed the public. The chair then called for a vote to approve, …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The board to offer the job to current Ashland Town Manager John D. Petrin.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen have chosen a finalist for the Town Administrator job. After meeting the three finalists for interviews Monday night, the board announced it has chosen to offer the position to Ashland Town Manager John D. Petrin. Town leaders and board members will meet with Petrin this week to negotiate a contract, Board of Selectmen Chair Walter Zenkin explained after the meeting. Zenkin said that if all goes well the board should vote to approve the contract during the meeting next Monday. Zenkin said all three finalists chosen with help from the Edwards J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, a public entity based at UMass Boston hired by the town to conduct the new town administrator search and the search …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The party will be at Cafe Escadrille tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.
The following is a release from the Burlington Board of Selectmen: This Thursday evening the Burlington Board of Selectmen will be honoring Bob Mercier for his years of service at a retirement party and would very much like you to join them. Mercier recently announced his retirement as Burlington's Town Administrator and will leave at the end of May. Please make every effort to attend. I know Bob will be most appreciative. The party will run from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Cafe Escadrille on Thursday, March 22. COMPLIMENTARY HORS D'OEUVRES CASH BAR TICKETS: $35.00 - now available at the Accounting Office at Town Hall. Cash or check only, no credit cards accepted. Make checks payable to the Town of Burlington.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The committee leaders gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the search at Monday night's meeting.
Brad Bond, chair of the Town Administrator Search Committee and Burlington Human Resources Director Joanne Faust presented an update of the search at Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting. Bond said the Edwards J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, a public entity based at UMass Boston hired by the town to conduct the new town administrator search received a total of 22 applicants in the nation-wide search. Originally the board, in meetings with the Collins Center, had expected that between 40 to 50 applicants to apply. Bond said the high standards laid out by the board may have scared off less-qualified applicants. "You set the bar pretty high with a fairly stringent set of requirements," Bond told the board members. Bond said…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The committee interviewed current Town Administrator Robert Mercier and Selectmen Chair Walter Zenkin on desired candidate attributes.
The newly-formed Town Administrator Search Committee, tasked with helping to vet candidates to replace retiring Town Administrator Robert Mercier, met yesterday to discuss requirements for candidates and set a schedule to use moving forward. Mercier is set to retire on June 1, following the passing of the FY'13 budget. The committee was formed by the Board of Selectmen last month to work with the Edwards J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, a public entity based at UMass Boston hired by the town to conduct the new town administrator search. Five members were appointed from various town positions and two additional members, along with one alternate member, were chosen among interested residents. The members of the committee are: …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Bring in or email your letters of interest to the Board of Selectmen's office in Town Hall by 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen is seeking interested residents who are registered voters in the community to serve as a volunteer on the Preliminary Screening Search Committee (2-3 members) for the next Town Administrator. The deadline to get letters of interest to the Selectmen office at Town Hall is 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. The search is to find a replacement for current Town Administrator Robert Mercier who announced his retirement in October. Residents who have no current or past affiliation with elected or appointed officials in the community and can offer an independent voice to the process as well as expertise in various disciplines related to this position are welcome to submit a letter of interest with a brief resume …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Town of Burlington is looking for three residents who do not work for the town and have never held political office to help find the next Burlington Town Administrator.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen furthered the ongoing process to find a new Town Administrator during the meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. The search began following current Town Administrator Robert Mercier's announcement last October that he will retire at the end of May of next year. To find a qualified replacement, the board has set up a series of search measures. The first is that the town will hire a professional search company to help vet candidates. The second, discussed at length during this meeting, is to create a committee of residents to help in coming up with desirable requirements, interviewing potential candidates and making recommendations for the board's final consideration. Mercier said he believes inviting members of the …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Burlington Board of Selectmen held a special meeting last night to discuss how to go about replace Town Administrator Robert Mercer.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen met last night to discuss the procedure of replacing Town Administrator Robert Mercier, who last month announced his retirment. Mercier said his retirement will go into effect at the end of May, 2012. During the meeting the board discussed how to handle the search and vetting process, the requirements members would like to set for candidates and set a general timeline of the process. The first thing up for discussion was how to conduct the search process and who would handle the initial vetting and interviews of candidates. The four proposed methods, worked out in advance with Burlington's Human Resource Director Joanne Faust, were to 1) a local screening committee of 7-9 members, 2) using an outside …