I would like to take this opportunity to wish the members of Bourne’s select board much success as they begin their search for a new town administrator. This is the most important task facing board members over the next fiscal year because their choice impacts all of us who live here. Their choice will impact the future reputation of the town and the quality of life all Bourne residents enjoy.
I would encourage Bourne’s leadership team to share with the residents what skills and personal qualities they require for this town government leadership position. It is my hope that this new hire will add value to the town and guide the town’s development over the next decade.
What are the challenges that will be facing this new town administrator? Should the new administrator’s focus be on the town’s internal organization to ensure a satisfactory level of town services and identify opportunities for improvement?
What role is the new administrator going to play in economic development? Is there a need for master planning skills and technical skills to oversee development? Should this new town administrator possess significant financial skills to manage a multimillion-dollar yearly budget along with a multimillion-dollar capital budget?
I would urge the select board, our local government leadership team, to place an item on their future meeting agenda and share the hiring needs they identified in order to successfully fill Bourne’s town administrator vacancy and continue the positive expansion of our town.
Richard W. Conron