Executive Assistant Search Committee
The Town of Hudson is currently undergoing an extensive search process to find its next Executive Assistant. The Hudson Board of Selectmen has appointed a 9-member search committee made up of Hudson registered voters from all walks of life. A consultant has also been hired to aid in the search. As part of its selection process, the Executive Assistant Search Committee is seeking your opinion.
Written comments may be submitted to
EA Search Committee
78 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749
Our Search Process
The Search Committee, made up of nine registered Hudson voters, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen in July 2013. It is a diverse Board, with members from all walks of life and with many different qualifications. The Committee is also working with MMA Consulting Group, Inc, a public management firm that works with many municipalities.
To come up with a job description for the Executive Assistant position, the Committee reviewed the Town Charter & by-laws. There are many responsibilities listed therein. It also interviewed retiring EA Paul Blazar, to see how he viewed the job and all that it entails. The Committee realizes that this interview portrays only Mr. Blazar’s perspective. Other candidates may have different priorities and/or different management styles. The Committee also surveyed other towns for a salary range. An advertisement was placed in The Beacon, Mass. Municipal Association’s monthly news publication, as well as with ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.
The Committee wanted as much input into the search process as possible. It is the Search Committee’s obligation to find the best candidate for the community as a whole. The Committee held 2 public forums to gather citizen opinions on what characterisitcs, skills, qualifications, & experience our next Executivie Assistant should have. It also set up an email address to field written comments, and comments may always be sent to it care of Town Hall.
The deadline for submitting applications was August 26, 2013. The Committee received over 40 résumés. Throughout September, it filtered the applicants down to 7, and begin the interview process. On October 7, 2013, the Committee presented the top three candidates to the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen is the Town’s Chief Governing Body, and will handle all of the final contract negotiations - salary, benefits, etc.
Three finalists were chosen: former Narragansett, R.I., Town Manager Grady Miller, Lowell Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Moses and Dracut Finance Director and Treasurer Ann Vandal. The Board of Selectment each had one-on-one interviews with the finalists, before interviewing them publicly at the Board of Selectmen meeting on October 21. At their meeing of October 28, the Selectmen deliberated publically & voted unanimously to offer to position to Mr. Moses. The final contract has yet to be negotiated.