Abington board to vote on official

Abington selectmen are scheduled to vote Thursday on their choice for town manager, selecting from a slate of four finalists for the job.

The board had planned to vote and announce its selection at Monday night’s meeting, but Selectman Michael Franey said he was not “100 percent ready to vote.”

The other board members were ready to choose the next town manager but agreed to extend their deliberations and postpone the vote.


A selection committee had narrowed the field of applicants from 34 people from eight states to four finalists, who had a “meet and greet” with the public last Thursday and their final interview with selectmen on Saturday.

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The finalists are Richard LaFond of Bridgewater, O. Paul Shew of Franklin, William DiLibero of North Kingstown, R.I., and Grady Miller of Narragansett, R.I. The successful candidate will replace outgoing Town Manager John D’Agostino beginning on July 1.

Selectmen said the search committee assembled a strong field of candidates, making the final decision difficult.

Selectman Kenneth Coyle said anyone with questions or concerns about any of the candidates should contact the Board of Selectmen before Thursday afternoon’s vote.

After Monday night’s meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss, among other matters, strategies concerning potential litigation over D’Agostino’s severance package.

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