Thursday, June 19, 2014

Help Wanted: Town Manager

The Town of Springfield, Vermont (pop. 9,284), seeks an engaging, collaborative, dynamic, and experienced leader to be its Town Manager.

Located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Windsor County, Springfield is a full-service community and a forward-thinking town desiring to develop and implement an effective vision for its future

The Town Manager reports to the Selectboard and is responsible for the daily operations of the town. He or she directly supervises 10 department heads, administers approximately $13.5 million in general operating funds (Town budget and Water and Wastewater budget) and other monies, and oversees all personnel, financial, local roads, municipal water and wastewater utilities, public safety, and community relations matters and coordinates and facilitates matters pertaining to economic development. The Town employs 85 full- and 40 part-time employees. A detailed job description is posted at
Salary range is $75,000 to $98,000, plus an excellent benefits package. A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Community Planning, or a similar relevant field is required; a Master's degree is preferred. A minimum of two years’ experience in executive municipal management and finance, planning, or comparable experience is preferred.
To apply, please send a confidential cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Springfield Town Manager Search
c/o VLCT
89 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602-2948.
You may also email your application to with Springfield in the subject line. The employment search deadline to apply is Monday, July 28, 2014.
The Town of Springfield is an equal opportunity employer.


  1. Hysterical. Reads exactly like a Dilbert cartoon.

  2. The first thing that should happen is bring the town together by making the town employees more hospitable. Then have a friendly competition with the residents of the town. Have one year of taxes for free for the best looking single family home. Then the same for best looking apt. housings. Also a reward for best looking business. Winner could get a banner down town and some useful advertising from the town. This would create friendly competition among the town and make it look more appealing to new residents. This would all be chosen by random residents. Next the manager should make all the town workers more accountable on a day to day basis. Most of them are but some cleaning up needs to happen. Then have the flag pole painted at the town office, paint the black light poles down main street, which have not been maintained at all and look like crap, fix the Springfield signs by the hospital and by the Eureka school house. The next big issue is the zoning for the homes being turned into multi apt. buildings. We need more single family homes in this town. Also zoning on the parolee homes in the residential neighborhoods. Lastly take on the fact that the prison has slowly turned from a minimum/medium to a medium/maximum prison. This should result in compensation for the town. Then the manager should tackle the Park Street issue.

    1. chuck gregory6/22/14, 1:08 PM

      You have some great ideas, Nate! I hope you've joined a group that works on any one of the issues you think about.

  3. So there is no election its just a corporate manager?
    How does that give them the right to enforce codes exactly?
    Pretty sure it doesn't give them any right to enforce any codes.
    If someone could just point out to me where the codes are constitutionally legally binding i would be forever grateful.

  4. The vast majority of public officials are hired positions, not elected. They are selected similarly to normal employment positions. Often these titles are accompanied with an oath or pledge that makes them responsible for not abusing the law or the powers granted to the official. They are empowered to enforce and uphold laws, codes and rules created by elected officials. They have the duty, not the "right" to enforce codes. A good first step in bettering Springfield might be to improve our middle school's civics curriculum.

  5. The only thing left for Springfield to become a complete ghost town is the tumble weed blowing up and down main street.


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