Less than two months after the Hanover Board of Selectmen voted not to renew his contract as town manager when it expires next April, Troy B.G. Clarkson is no longer working for the town.
In a joint statement on Oct. 31, the board and Clarkson announced they had “reached a mutual agreement that will result in the conclusion of the relationship between Mr. Clarkson and the Town in a professional and amicable manner,” and that his last day would be Nov. 3.
Clarkson had been Hanover’s town manager since April 2012.
The board voted 3-2 at its Sept. 5 meeting not to renew Clarkson’s contract. On advice of town counsel, the three board members voting not to negotiate the contract renewal did not comment on their reasons.
Tuesday’s joint statement said selectmen and Clarkson “express their mutual respect and appreciation for the accomplishments they have achieved together. Today, Hanover is a fiscally sound and competitive leader on the South Shore and throughout the Commonwealth due to the strategic goal setting and leadership of the Board of Selectmen, and the efforts and leadership of the Town Manager.”
It said the board’s decision not to renew the contract “in no way minimizes the efforts of the Town Manager and his team of fine and dedicated department heads and staff. Rather, the board simply asserts – and the Town Manager accepts – its desire to move in a new direction.”
It added that the board “understands that its decision to not renew the Town Manager’s contract may have led to unfair speculation as to the performance of the Town Manager and the reasons for his non-renewal. The Town Manager has received very positive performance reviews from past boards of selectmen and his work on behalf of the town speaks for itself.”John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.