ROCKPORT, Maine — The select board is scheduled to interview seven finalists next week for the town manager job, the chairman of the board said Wednesday.
The seven are all from Maine, board Chairman William Chapman said.
“We are looking at a strong pool of candidates,” he said. “We’re in a good position.”
Chapman said he does not know whether the board will hold second interviews or one would be sufficient if one of the seven emerges as head and shoulders above the others.
The search committee reviewed the applications submitted to the town and presented five names to the select board, he said. The board then added two additional names as it is allowed to under the town charter.
Thirty people applied for the job.
The search committee did a top notch job, Chapman added.
Roger Moody is serving as interim manager as the town continues its search. He was appointed after Robert Peabody resigned formally on Feb. 14 although Peabody had been on paid leave since Jan. 29.
Peabody was paid $52,000 in a severance deal. Both Peabody and the select board have declined to state publicly what led to his resignation. Another town office employee whom he had hired also was terminated from her employment a week after Peabody was put on leave.