Search begins for new O.B. town administrator

Oak Bluffs is interviewing three consulting firms to assist in their search for a new town administrator.

Oak Bluffs began its search for a new town administrator Tuesday night by setting up interviews with several consulting firms.

Last month, town administrator Robert Whritenour announced he was being hired as the new Yarmouth town administrator. Contract negotiations are still being worked out with Yarmouth, and he is expected to stay in his Oak Bluffs role for the next two months.

Selectmen directed Whritneour to set up interviews with the University of Massachusetts Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management, Community Paradigm Associates, and Groux-White Consulting.

While ultimately deciding to interview each of the consulting firms, selectmen did express reservations about Groux-White, due to its proposal. 

“The three proposals that came in, two were very, very thorough and very clear, 30 pages deep of information and professionalism,” selectman Brian Packish said. “Whereas with Groux-White, we got a photocopy of a pamphlet that they probably hand out at trade shows.”

Packish stressed the importance of moving the process along, and that the town may have to hire an interim town administrator.

Selectmen expect to interview each of the consulting firms for 30 minutes on Friday.