Hess and Kelly disagreed, and Khan’s motion to postpone the search until after the election failed to get a second.
Regardless of how or when the search is conducted, the selectmen’s decision to hold a formal search for the next town manager ends speculation in town that the majority of the board intended to hire Titone permanently without a search. Formal searches have customarily been held in the past when new town managers were needed.
Kelly said he called Friday’s meeting after Titone said early last week that he wasn’t interested in staying on permanently.
Titone was hired in June 2012 to take over on an interim basis after former town manager Barry Brennan was suddenly placed on administrative leave. Brennan and the town eventually signed a separation agreement, which included a more than $120,000 settlement in Brennan’s favor.
All three selectmen praised Titone’s work over the past months, saying he did a great job and performed “some heavy lifting” on the town’s behalf.
After the meeting, Titone said although he’s enjoyed his experience as town manager, he preferred to simply go back to being emergency management director and let someone else take over for the long haul.