Whritenour passed over for Bourne position

Oak Bluffs town administrator Bob Whritenour, shown here at the town’s 2019 annual town meeting, is looking for a venue for this year's meeting. — Gabrielle Mannino

Oak Bluffs town administrator Robert Whritenour was not offered the town administrator position in Bourne, after becoming a finalist for the job.

Bourne town administrator executive assistant Nancy Sundman confirmed Anthony Schiavi, a former town manager for Ashland, was selected unanimously by Bourne selectmen for the job after interviews with three finalists on Saturday. 

Whritenour, who is credited with overseeing Oak Bluffs’s emergence from financial turmoil, has been with the town since September 2011, when he began as interim administrator, before being appointed as town administrator in February 2012. Whritenour is now in the fourth year of a five-year contract he signed with the town in April 2016.

In an email to The Times, Whritenour said the job would have been interesting given the chance to be closer to home and the opportunity to potentially work on the over $1 billion project to replace the Cape Cod bridges over the next decade.

“It’s really interesting that the tremendous, caring support that I received from our local officials and the Oak Bluffs community have shaped this experience for me, and have caused me to reflect on how honored I am to serve in Oak Bluffs,” Whritenour said. “Martha’s Vineyard is truly a unique place, and Oak Bluffs is a wonderful community. I realize that I’m very lucky to be here, and very happy to be staying.”