Selectmen Names Interim Town Admin As Search Begins to Replace Kale

Photo: Phyllis Marshall

Phyllis Marshall, Belmont’s assistant Town Administrator, was named interim Town Administrator by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Feb. 13 as the three-member panel puts into motion its “plan of action” to find a replacement for the departing Town Administrator David Kale.

“You’re going to be in it knee deep,” said Selectmen Chair Mark Paolillo to Marshall, who takes over the top job in Belmont in mid-March as Kale heads to Cambridge City Hall. Marshall starts her new position in the midst of the annual budget season and six weeks before Town Meeting begins on May 1.

Marshall was hired by Kale to be assistant Town Administrator in December 2013 from Watertown where she was Treasurer and Collector.

The Selectmen voted Monday to increase Marshall’s salary to $160,000 during her time in the job. The selectmen also authorized the temporary hiring of a consultant to assist her with the budget process.

The board also on Monday revealed its outline on finding Kale’s replacement which will start with the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a professional search firm to evaluate the job and assist in finding candidates.

Paolillo said the board soon will also create a selection committee – which could be made up of representatives of the Selectmen, Warrant and school committees, Planning Board and Capital Budget Committee – which will recommend two or three finalists.

The selectmen will have the ultimate final say on who is hired.

Paolillo said the board hopes to select the town’s new administrator by August.

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