As present part-time Town Administrator Jack Healey approaches his last day on the job, the Board of Selectmen moved toward hiring his replacement this week.
Tuesday evening, board members unanimously selected Timothy King, now the assistant town administrator of Wellfleet on Cape Cod, to fill the Westport town administrator position. The placement won’t become official, however, until contract terms can be worked out.
Asked later about his thoughts and goals for the Westport job, Mr. King replied that “It would be premature and inappropriate to talk about my plans in Westport until the Board of Selectmen and I have completed and approved an employment agreement.”
His job will differ from that of his predecessor in that it will be full time, encompassing both the duties of Mr. Healey and those of part-time Business Manager Steve Lombard who also announced his resignation.
During his interview by the Board of Selectmen, Mr. King cited 27 years of senior-level management in towns within three states. He said he would hope to stay on the job in Westport for a number of years, calling it a “beautiful town” with similarities to Wellfleet, a seaside town that attracts summer visitors.
The Cape Cod Times reports that Mr. King was a finalist in July 2013 in Harwich’s search for a town administrator. He makes $85,000 annually in his Wellfleet position.
Mr. King’s resume …
• Assistant town administrator, Wellfleet, 2011-present; also served stint as interim town administrator there and prepared 2014 town budget..
• Executive director. Washington Hancock Community Agency, Millbridge, Maine, 2003-2011. Led $10 million non-profit corporation providing 140 programs.
• City manager, Ellsworth, Maine, 1990-2003. “With a tenure of 13 years, I was the longest serving city manager” of this community of 8,000 year-round residents, a population that doubles in summer. Accomplishments cited there include establishing 10-year capital improvement plan, developing budgets that resulted in zero property tax increase for four years, implemented a pay-as-you-throw solid waste program (such as Tiverton’s) …
• Town manager, Westerly, RI, (then 23,000 residents and 150 full-time employees) 1988-1990. Responsibilities included budget preparation, contract negotiations, also redesigned community’s personnel functions and job descriptions, and oversaw major town construction projects.
• Town administrator, Auburn, Mass. (then 16,000 residents), 1982-1988.
• Town manager, Oakland, Maine, 1979, 1982.
Education: Master of public administration, Penn State University; BA in public management, University of Maine.