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New Hampshire city hires former Brattleboro town manager – Brospar Daily News

CLAREMONT, NH — City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire the former Brattleboro city manager as Claremont’s next city manager.

Octavian “Yoshi” Manale’s job offer hinges on a successful background check. Mayor Dale Girard said Manale, who spoke to the city council via Zoom on Wednesday while on vacation overseas, is expected to start the first week of October and will be led by the current city manager. acting, John Bohenko. John Bohenko) briefly helped.

Manale’s annual salary is $130,000.

Girard said Manale was not one of four candidates the board interviewed earlier this year, none of whom were offered the job. Girard said the board was aware of Manale’s employment situation and contacted him for an interview.

“The council was very impressed,” the mayor said during the meeting before introducing Manale. “He’s a very dynamic individual and we look forward to continuing to work hard to move the community forward in a positive direction.”

Manale briefly thanked the city council for the proposal and said he looked forward to coming to Claremont to work with staff and administrators to “continue to make Claremont a city you can all be proud of.”

Manale was hired in January in Brattleboro, a city of about 12,000, and resigned in late May. Manale was publicly criticized for ending a relationship with the city’s EMS provider and hiring Claremont-based Golden Cross Ambulance without public debate. This criticism led him to decide leave.

“In a small town like Brattleboro, I quickly discovered that the importance of this position was detrimental to my ability to carry out my professional responsibilities more effectively,” reads Manale’s resignation letter. “I’m not cut out for this job.

Prior to Brattleboro, Manalee was the deputy mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, a city of over 80,000 people.

He will be Claremont’s third city manager in nearly six years. After Guy Santagate retired in late 2016 after 15 years as city manager, Ryan McNutt of Massachusetts was hired in February 2017 and fired two years later. The board then hired former Weathersfield Town manager Ed Morris in the summer of 2019. Morris resigned in early 2022 to become manager of Newtown in Enfield, New Hampshire.

John McClain served as acting city manager twice. Bohenko now occupies this role, directing the management of the town of approximately 13,000 inhabitants.

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