Town Administrator Younger Finalist For Winchester Job
Lifelong resident has been running town's day-to-day operations for six years.
Belmont's Town Administrator Thomas Younger is one of four finalists to fill the same position in Winchester.
The Winchester Town Manager Search Advisory Committee at Monday night’s Winchester Board of Selectmen meeting named Younger for consideration as Winchester’s next Town Manager.
The board plans on holding interviews with the candidates including Younger next week.
“We are recommending these applicants in part for the experiences they bring to the table in basic town managerial functions such as budgeting, contract negotiation and capital maintenance and management,” said Search Committee Chairman Bob Joy.
A lifelong Belmont resident who lives on Wiley Road, Younger has been running the town's day-to-day operations since 2005. Prior to coming home to Belmont, Younger served as the Town Administrator in North Reading for 10 years.
If selected, Younger will be following fellow resident Mel Kleckner, who was Belmont's town administrator from 1991 to 2004 before taking the Winchester job.
The Winchester Board of Selectmen will begin reviewing and interviewing the finalists. After holding one-hour interviews next week, the board plans on spending the week of Oct. 17 visiting each of the candidates’ towns. And the week of Oct. 31, the four candidates will stop by Winchester to meet town employees and officials.
Winchester has been without a Town Manager since June 2010 when they elected not to renew the contract of Kleckner, who is currently the Town Administrator of Brookline. Town Clerk, Mary Ellen Lannon, has been acting Town Manager for the past year
On April 7, 2011, the board appointed Assistant Town Manager Mark Twogood to the position, but after a few days he declined the position, citing public perception that his selection was made in secret.