Berlin council to vote on title change for temporary manager

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:52
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - This Tuesday residents will see another step in the search process for a permanent town manager, involving the man who now performs the duties of that office.

The Town Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to appoint temporary Town Manager Jack Healy interim town manager starting on May 2, for not longer than 180 days, as specified in the Town Charter.

“Jack is very capable,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski.

Healy was appointed temporary town manager on Jan. 3 for a term not to exceed 90 days. That term started Feb. 1 and will end on May 1.

The appointment came after the council accepted a separation agreement between former Town Manager Denise McNair and the town.

Kaczynski approached McNair, town manager for eight years and tax collector for 15 years before that, with a separation agreement a couple of weeks before its being presented to and accepted by the council. Kaczynski said the removal of McNair was an effort to bring change to the town.

As part of the separation agreement, McNair is receiving $65,686, or six months of her old contract with the town. The agreement took effect in February and also includes medical insurance for McNair and two other people between February and November of this year, McNair and one other person from December 2017 through May 2018, and only for McNair from June 2018 to July 2019.

Healy, who has maintained his responsibilities as public works director and town engineer since taking on the temporary manager’s role, has said he is not interested in the full-time town manager position, as he is a resident of Litchfield and doesn’t want to move to Berlin, disrupting his family.

He has been receiving a $3,000 monthly stipend and will continue to receive it as interim town manager, if Tuesday’s vote goes his way, Kaczynski said.

Kaczynski said two weeks ago that the town has received at last three applications for the permanent town manager position, but the Town Council has been concentrating on the budget process and hasn’t had the opportunity to discuss them.

The town also has several executive search firms bidding to help it find and hire a permanent town manager. They are listed on the town website,, under the “more” section of “Recent News & Announcements,” in the document titled, “BID #2017-22 Executive Search Consultant Bid Results.”

The nine firms have fees ranging from $17,500 to $27,000 and will be narrowed to three or four before a final choice is made, Kaczynski said.

A search committee made up of seven members of the council and Human Resources Director Denise Parsons has been assigned to find a permanent replacement for McNair. Kaczynski said the committee will meet within the next two weeks to discuss everything regarding the search. The meetings have been and will continue to be held in executive session, which is closed to the public.

The council will also discuss 11 other items, including an update on economic development in town and allowing the temporary town manager to enter into a contract for work on High Road Bridge, not to exceed $1,137,896.38 after change orders.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Town Council chambers at 240 Kensington Road.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:52. Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:54.