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June 18, 2013

Ex-Methuen mayor to be Seabrook town manager

Former Methuen mayor beats 30 candidates for Seabrook job

SEABROOK — If the contract details can be hammered out successfully, former Methuen Mayor William Manzi III will be Seabrook’s next town manager.

Selectmen announced their decision to go with Manzi at yesterday’s meeting, after listing the other candidates who made the list of three finalists: Stephan J. Gunty, currently of Indiana and former town manager in Old Orchard Beach, Maine; and Leslie Boswak, a Hooksett resident who is currently town administrator in Deerfield, N.H.

Some 31 candidates applied, and the nine who were interviewed presented superior qualifications, said Selectman Aboul Khan. He said that made the decision so difficult that at one time he wished he could hire “five town managers.” But Manzi rose to the top with all three selectmen.

“We all thought he was the best candidate,” said Selectman Ray Smith. “It’s one of the few things we all agreed on.”

Manzi, 57, has a lengthy background in government, having served as a member of Methuen’s City Council for 12 years and its mayor for six after that, before he stepped down due to term limits.

“In Methuen, the mayor has a two-year term of office and a person can serve a maximum of three, two-year terms in office,” Manzi said yesterday. “I served from 2006 through 2011.”

After leaving the mayor’s office, Manzi, a Democrat, made a run for the Massachusetts Senate seat from his district, after it was vacated by former state Sen. Steve Baddour in 2012. Manzi lost the Democratic primary to current state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport.

Moving to Methuen after being born in Lawrence, Manzi is a Central Catholic High School graduate who early on showed an interest in government. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UMass Amherst in 1978, then followed that up with a master’s in business administration from UMass Lowell in 1981.

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