CLAREMONT, NH–It’s back to the negotiation table for the City Council and its search for a new City Manager. The Council spoke in a unified voice when it announced the selection of David Johnston for the position of city manager, but it had been a very tough decision given the quality of the two final candidates, said the Council in a statement. The Council has not been able to negotiate satisfactory terms of employment with David Johnston. So the Council has made a conditional offer to Ryan McNutt, the 2nd finalist in the City’s search for a new manager. The City hopes to finalize an agreement with McNutt by the end of the year with a starting date by February 1, 2017.
During the interim and transition period, MRI management consultant Pat MacQueen will serve as the interim city manager.
As background to the above, the City Council took three votes during the non-public session on December 21st and announced those votes after going into public session. They are as follows:
1. The Council voted 9-0 to rescind the conditional offer of employment to David Johnston due to an inability to reach acceptable terms of employment.
2. The Council voted 9-0 to extend a conditional offer to Ryan McNutt subject to a successful negotiation of an employment contract and background investigation.
3. The Council voted 9-0 to contract with MRI for an interim manager for 4 days a week beginning 12:01am on January 1, 2017 and ending at midnight on January 31, 2017.
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