Deputy town manager reported to be out of the running for top job in Danvers

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UPDATED, Sept. 30: Andrew P. Flanagan, Arlington's deputy town manager since April 2012, was among three finalists to be town manager for Danvers, he has confirmed to YourArlington, but the Salem News reports that Steve Bartha was offered the job.

"The position presents a tremendous professional opportunity for me and I am humbled to be considered among the finalists," he wrote in an email Monday, Sept. 29.  "I look forward to meeting with the Board of Selectmen tonight."

Later that night, Bartha was offered the job, and Flanagan came in second, the report says.

In a story published Sept. 26, the Salem News reported that at 29 Flanagan was the youngest of three seeking to fill the position held for 35 years by Wayne Marquis, who retires Friday.

Flanagan has been deputy town manager of Arlington since 2012. Previously, he worked for nearly two years as director of policy and administration in Newburyport. He has also worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and as an assistant to the town manager of Winthrop.

Flanagan deferred comment to The News about issues facing Danvers until he can perform a comprehensive evaluation in the event the board selects him.

Named finalists from 41 applicants were Michael Lombardo, Hamilton town manager; Bartha, assistant town manager in Avon, Conn.; and Flanagan, the News said.

The public is expected to have the opportunity to attend meetings Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30, in which the applicants will field questions and engage in discussion. After those public forums, the Board of Selectmen will make a decision. The story does not report when a decision would be made.

For fiscal 2015, the deputy position is budgeted at $114,153.

Current Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 32, had served been deputy. He succeeded longtime deputy manager Nancy Galkowski, who served Brian Sullivan and Donald Marquis.

The town describes the job of deputy town manager as performing highly complex and critical administrative duties, including the preparation of operating and capital budgets and the five-year plan, formulation of health insurance policy, collective bargaining, insurance administration, long-range financial forecasting and performance measurement, and the Financial Plan.

A Winthrop native, Flanagan holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from Stonehill College. He is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, Massachusetts Government Finance Officer Association, and International City/County Managers Association.

April 25, 2013: Deputy town manager, 26, appointed

This story was published Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, and updated the next two days.