Tiverton is searching for an interim town administrator

Resumes and letters of interest are due by end-of-day Friday

Posted 3/24/20

Tiverton is on the hunt for an interim Town Administrator – and fast.

After announcing Jan Reitsma’s indication to retire at their March 17 special meeting, the council gathered again …

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Tiverton is searching for an interim town administrator

Resumes and letters of interest are due by end-of-day Friday

Posted

Tiverton is on the hunt for an interim Town Administrator – and fast.

After announcing Jan Reitsma’s indication to retire at their March 17 special meeting, the council gathered again this past Monday to discuss steps moving forward. Mr. Reitsma had been on medical leave for much of 2020, with town clerk Nancy Mello formally taking over as acting administrator on Feb. 24 – a position Town Charter allows for 35 days. It is not clear when Mr. Reitsma made his desire to retire known.

Though she has served as interim town administrator numerous times in the past, Ms. Mello said with everything going on with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, it is becoming too much for any one person in town hall to take on. There is an influx of coronavirus information regularly coming in from the governor’s office, with sometimes up to three conference calls a day.

“I think, at this time, that it would be best to appoint someone other than myself,” Ms. Mello said.

As council president Patricia Hilton phrased it, “the timing on this isn’t great;” though they may not be able to find an “ideal candidate” amidst the present climate, she said it would be helpful for somebody knowledgeable with the budgeting process and the town itself to apply. In order to take off some of the pressure on Ms. Mello as quickly as possible, interested parties should submit their resumes and letters of interest to town hall by 4 pm this Friday, March 27. Councilors may hold interviews for the position the following day.

Mr. Reitsma took over as Tiverton town administrator in early 2018, having previously been town administrator in Warren from 2015 to 2017.

For 11 months from 2014 to 2015 he was special advisor for policy and legislative affairs for Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, and previous posts included that of director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management from 1999 to 2003.

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