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Moultonborough hires new town administrator

January 13, 2021
MOULTONBOROUGH — The town has announced a new town administrator has been hired after the position had been open for four months.

The town issued a press release on Jan. 4 announcing that Charles F. Smith had been hired as the new town administrator effective on Feb. 1.

Smith recently served as Ashland's town administrator beginning in 2019 and had previously served in that position in 2016. He has also been the town administrator for Sanbornton.

According to the town's statement, Smith has a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northeastern University. Smith is also a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Municipal Management Association of New Hampshire.

Smith will take the town administrator position previously held by Walter Johnson.

During the Sept. 3, 2020 selectmen's meeting board chair Kevin Quinlan announced the board discussed terminating Johnson's contract during the Aug. 27, 20202 meeting. After considerable discussion the board voted 4-1 during that meeting to exercise its right to terminate the town administrator's contract without cause. Johnson was placed on administrative leave as of Sept. 2, and the final separation was completed.

Since then, the town has been managing business without a town administrator while a search went on for a new one. The selectmen took on different roles as department liaisons to fill the gap as the town administrator positions as advertised.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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