Oak Bluffs selectmen interview candidates for town administrator

Oak Bluffs selectmen interview candidates for town administrator

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Oak Bluffs selectmen interviewed three candidates for town administrator on Tuesday, including interim town administrator Bob Whritenour who has held the job for nearly five months. One more candidate is to be interviewed next week.

Even as selectmen move through the hiring process, few knowledgable observers expect the selectmen to replace Mr. Whritenour, who is widely credited with helping to restore stability to town finances since his appointment four months ago.

Selectmen asked each candidate the same questions in a public meeting, though they often combined questions or skipped those they felt had already been answered.

First was Tony Troiano, former Hopkinton town manager.

“My skill sets and my experience matches up with what you needed to do here over the last five months, and where you need to go,” Mr. Troiano said during his interview.

Mr. Troiano discussed, in general terms, a serious car accident that is part of his personal record. In 2008, he was convicted of vehicular homicide, the result of negligent operation, according to Cape & Island district attorney Michael O’Keefe. Mr. Troiano was critically injured in the head-on collision, and a Falmouth woman was killed.

Selectmen also interviewed John Sanguinet, former interim town administrator in Wareham and an unsuccessful candidate for the interim position. “I’m not someone who sits in the office and waits for problems to come,” Mr. Sanguinet said in his interview.

Mr. Whritenour, who began his interim duties on September 6, was the last of the three candidates interviewed. “I think we’ve addressed a lot of issues and solved a lot of problems,” he told selectmen.

Mr. Whritenour, former Falmouth town manager, has received high praise from selectmen for his work on the town’s financial crisis. At times Tuesday, the interview process appeared little more than a perfunctory exercise.

“We’ve reviewed your resume extensively and repeatedly,” chairman Kathy Burton said, after Mr. Whritenhour introduced himself to the board he has worked with over the past several months. “Some of these questions we know the answer to, but it’s important that we be consistent.”

“A lot of these questions are redundant,” selectman Walter Vail said, “but help us all get through this.”

The selectmen moved through their series of questions. There were no surprises. They will speak with the fourth candidate, Thomas Webb, next week.