We herd a rumor and we hope it is not true. A prospective applicant for the Town Manager position advised us that she was not submitting an application because rumor had it that Susan George had already hand picked her successor. We doubt it is true. Peckham & McKenney is a respected firm and we sure hope they will use their independent judgment and not give undue weight to Susan’s recommendation. However, we sent Bobbi Peckham an email on May 24, asking about this rumor and have not received any response so we wonder…….
Peckham & McKenney has posted the position on its website with a very thorough job description. The website describes the ideal candidate as follows: “The ideal candidate will appreciate and embrace the unique characteristics of this rural community. He or she will be visible, accessible, approachable, and responsive. The Manager will possess strong interpersonal skills, effective listening and verbal communication skills, and have a good sense of humor. The Town Manager will work collaboratively with the community as a whole and bring an intelligent approach to the issues that face the Town.” This is not how we would describe Susan George. If the new Town Manager lives up to this description, we will be happy COWs.