Wellesley has been fortunate in having several long-serving and dedicated Executives. By contrast, the average tenure of a town manager nationally is just seven years. Termination can be contentious and also expensive, especially when legal costs are factored in. Here are some interesting articles the difficulties in firing a town manager.
Police and Fire unions want town manager out.
Town manager abruptly dismissed
Town manager suspended
Assistant town manager fired
Costly termination pact for town manager
Around Massachusetts–Boston Globe
Firing considered “occupational hazard”
Issues with town manager
Potential suspension or termination for TM
ST. Johnsbury, VT
$175k payment to fired town manager
Winchendon Approves $300k Buyout of Town Manager’s Contract
The agreement — reached with “guidance and advice” from the town’s labor and employment attorney — said that selectmen have determined there is “no cause” for his termination and therefore, must offer him a buyout to avoid a “protracted and costly” legal battle that could expose the town to a wrongful termination suit that could cost more than $2 million plus legal fees.
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Stoughton, MA Selectman David “Spanky” Sousa said Hartman has to go.
“The town manager has to be fired. If I try to ask him something, I don’t get the truth,” Sousa said. “He is not the right fit for this town. If we have to buy his contract out, I think it will be the best quarter of a million dollars this town has ever spent.”
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