Manchester abolishes town manager post

Council will re-evaluate decision in six months

March 15, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Manchester Town Council has voted to abolish the town manager post for six months, and re-evaluate whether the position is needed then.

The council's decision occurs after the departure of Philip L. Arbaugh, who resigned the post this month after 2 1/2 years.

Councilman Brooks Rugemer had applied for the manager's job and did not participate in the closed session Tuesday night. He was notified yesterday by Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario through electronic mail of the 4-0 vote.

Rugemer, whose four-year term expires in May, had decided not to seek re-election when he gave the town his resume.

The manager's position was intended several years ago to be "a very, very part-time job," with the bulk of the daily work shared by the town's full-time director of public works and director of finance, D'Amario said.

"We never tried that scenario," D'Amario said. "I don't agree with it, but I'm willing to give it a try for six months. I just think we're going to find that we do need a town manager, but we'll do our best."

The manager's job was not salaried, but would have paid $35,000 if full time.

"I think it's going to be a good idea," said Councilwoman Mary E. Minderlein. "We'll see what happens, and then it will be re-evaluated."

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