Town Manager Gets Glowing Review from Selectmen
Board members cite Montuori's professionalism, honesty and communication skills.
Town Manager Richard Montuori received nearly perfect marks from the Board of Selectmen this week in his annual performance review.
But he won't be receiving a raise.
Montuori, who had placed a moratorium on non-contractual pay increases for the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, made the decision to forgo any raise that might come with a positive review.
"How could I ask other people to do something, then not do it myself? It would be ridiculous," said Montuori, after the meeting.
Board members were effusive in their praise of the work Montuori has done for the town, since coming on board in January, 2010. They cited his leadership skills in dealing with the controversy over the increased water and sewer rates, a challenging budget season and the criminal investigation of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Board members also praised him for his honesty, integrity and effective communication skills.
"We are very, very blessed to have you as our town manager," said Johnson. "You've made the job of the Board of Selectmen substantially easier."
Johnson told Montuori that his handling of the water and sewer issue "spoke volumes of your professionalism."
Each selectman had the chance to give their own evaluation of Montuori in open session, as the state law changed last July, placing such performance reviews under the Open Meeting Law.
Selectman Ann-Marie Stronach spoke about Montuori's cooperative working relationship with the board.
"One of the things you've done is help me be a better selectman," she said.
Selectman Doug Sears spoke about Montouri's efficiency and professionalism.
"I keep looking at this booklet (of board/town business) in front of me and it keeps getting smaller and smaller each week. Why? Because you're getting stuff done before it even gets to us," Sears told Montuori.
Selectman David Gay said he had given Montuori the highest scores possible in every category of the evaluation rubric.
"A very top-shelf, integrity, high-quality person," said Gay. "I think the town has made an exemplary choice."
Selectman Scott Wilson echoed the praise of his colleagues and lauded Montuori's consistent communication with the board. His only worry was potential burnout for Montuori. Specifically, he cited Montuori taking on the responsibilities of overseeing the Recreation Department as it gets running again without a director.
"I ask you to be careful and not overload yourself," said Wilson.
Montouri, speaking to the board, said his bigger concern was potential burnout of his department heads and employees, who've been asked to take on more and more responsibilities with recent budget cuts.