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Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager

Lexington’s search for a new town manager is picking up steam.

Carl Valente, who has held the position the past 13 years, announced in May that he is retiring effective Aug. 3. The Board of Selectmen in early June hired the consulting firm, Municipal Resources, Inc. to aid in the search and appointed a 11-member screening committee, according to board chairwoman Suzie Barry.

To gauge community views on what qualities to seek in a town manager, the consultant met initially with selectmen, senior staff, and employees and held two listening sessions, one with members of town boards and Town Meeting and former selectmen, and the other with interested community members.

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The town manager position, with a salary listed at $200,000, was advertised about June 10 and responses are due on Monday, July 9. Municipal

Resources will do an initial screening of applications to pare down the list. The screening committee will conduct closed session interviews with some of those remaining applicants in mid-August, before forwarding a list of three or four finalists to selectmen.

The board will then conduct public interviews with the finalists and consider an appointment. Meanwhile, selectmen as early as their Monday meeting are expected to name an acting town manager to serve from the time Valente departs until the new manager begins, which the board hopes will be mid to late September.


John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com