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Twogood Declines Town Manager Position

After being offered and accepted the Town Manager position, Mark Twogood has decided not to accept the position.

After being offered and accepting the Town Manager position, Mark Twogood has decided to decline the position. He will currently remain as Winchester's Assistant Town Manager.

The Board of Selectmen will re-open the Town Manager search.

According to a letter he sent to the board, Twogood said that he will decline the job offer based on public perception that his selection was secretive.

"Concerns were expressed at last Thursday's Board of Selectmen meeting regarding the process and the fact these discussions were held in executive session, portraying a less than positive image as to what has transpired," Twogood wrote. "Additional comments have surfaced in online news publications since Thursday.

"Having been part of this process since last fall, I disagree with this representation, Twogood continued. "The Board of Selectmen has acted appropriately and in the town's best interest through this difficult time. Many of these discussions are properly handled in executive sessions since they involve personnel matters. It is unfortunate these these recent comments have tainted a well-defined process, laid out by the Board of Selectmen."

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Susan Ruderman April 12, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I guess Twogood was too good for the job?
quasimodo April 12, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Mr. Twogood realized that his (well deserved, as he IS certainly qualified) nomination had been tainted by the Board of Selectmen underhanded process, and he had no choice in doing what any thinking person in his shoes would have done. This fiasco speaks volumes about the lack of seriousness and competence of the present Board of Selectmen, which put the Town of Winchester into a very serious situation: its members have lost all credibility to lead. Therefore, it is not out of line to DEMAND the resignation of the whole Board of Selectmen immediately, minus Doug Marmon who was not part of this disastrous decision. If they don't have the integrity to do so, the community should initiate action for their recall.
Wisconsin April 12, 2011 at 01:20 AM
GREAT IDEA below "Seriously, will somebody please get the necessary 200 signatures for recalling all three of these idiots, and let's find some people with better brains to run the governance of this town? Bring the papers to the Transfer Station on Saturday, and carry a placard stating the purpose. People will line up eagerly to sign. I know I certainly will." Read more: Twogood to town: 'No thanks' - Winchester, MA - The Winchester Star http://www.wickedlocal.com/winchester/archive/x250633754/Twogood-to-town-No-thanks#ixzz1JGdTzLAX
DonnaD April 12, 2011 at 01:50 AM
As I said in an earlier post, it places an unfair burden on the selected candidate(s) if his/her/their hiring is perceived to be flawed. This is not an easy job, and it is harder to do it if one's credibility and legitimacy is in question. I think he did the right thing by stepping down, even though I think he would have made an excellent town manager. Not his fault, the BOSs.
Disgusted by BOS April 12, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Everyone should follow this thread too http://winchester.patch.com/articles/selectmen-explain-town-manager-decision Berman claims he wasn't on the board when Kleckner got his golden parachute contract. He was chairman of the board! There you go selectmen, just keep digging that hole.

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