CHESHIRE – A replacement for retiring Town Manager Michael Milone hasn’t yet been picked despite Town Council members’ hope that they’d choose a replacement in time for the incoming council’s swearing-in Sunday.
Town Council chairman Rob Oris said the process hasn’t yet finished and will continue into next week. He declined to comment further.
The council had narrowed the field from an initial pool of nearly 60 applicants this week to four finalists who had interviews with the full council.
A subcommittee consisting of Oris, a Republican, Tom Ruocco, a council Republican and Peter Talbot, a council Democrat, held interviews and evaluated resumes. All three were re-elected in November.
Cheshire hired a search consultant, GovHR USA, for $23,000 to help find a town manager. Oris said the Illinois-based company has expertise and contacts that the town lacks.
Elections this November only resulted in one council seat change, but Oris said he’d hoped to have a new town manager in place for the next council term. New and returning councilors are sworn in on Sunday and the council has its first meeting on Monday.
Milone, town manager since 2000, plans to retire in June. Council leaders hope the new town manager could shadow Milone before the veteran town employee leaves.