Claremont Executives Prepare for Significant Leadership Transition in 2022 | News


CLAREMONT – The approaching new year will bring a flurry of change in leadership and administrative experience for the city of Claremont from the addition of three new city councilors, a new mayor and deputy mayor, the search for a new city manager and the replacement of the Executive Assistant to the Director General, who is retiring after 17 years.

Claremont city council will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the transition plan to hire a new city manager to succeed city manager Ed Morris, who officially announced his resignation last week. Morris, who was hired as general manager of Claremont in 2019, signed a contract to take over as general manager of Enfield. Morris’s last day in Claremont will be Friday January 7th.

Following a non-public meeting last Wednesday, city council voted to allow Councilors Dale Girard and Deborah Matteau to contact Municipal Resources Inc., a Meredith-based municipal service contractor, to assist in the hiring of ‘an interim city manager.

Last week also marked the last regular city council meeting of Mayor Charlene Lovett and Deputy Mayor Allen Damren, both of whom decided to step down from council after that term.

Lovett has served on city council since 2013, including the past six years as mayor. Lovett is currently the second longest-serving board member after Councilor Nicholas Koloski, who was elected last month for his seventh consecutive term.

“It has been one of my greatest privileges to be your mayor,” a tearful Lovett said Wednesday. “I have done a lot of things in my life. . . but I have to say that my experiences as mayor have been truly wonderful, and I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity.

Damren, retired CFO of the Claremont School District, joined city council in 2015 and was elected deputy mayor in 2017.

In an interview with the Eagle Times, Damren said he was pleased with the achievements of the council as a whole during his tenure, especially the recent collaborative efforts of the council, the city administration and the Ministry of Works. public to prioritize road repairs in the city. , including the adoption of a 2021 municipal budget that includes a paving budget of $ 745,950.

Damren said he believes the city is moving in a positive direction, as shown by recent building acquisitions by Chinburg Properties, a leading Newmarket-based development company. In 2020, Chinburg acquired the Peterson Building, a restored historic mill, and plans to add 87 market-priced apartments in the downtown area next spring. Chinburg also acquired the Moody Building, a historic building on Opera Square that rents commercial space for offices and businesses.

“We have done some good things as a council and we are really starting to see the city evolve in an exciting direction,” said Damren.

In November, city voters elected Girard as the next mayor and Matteau as deputy mayor.

In January, the board will also be sworn in by three new advisers: William Limoges, Lucas “Rocky” Beliveau and Matt Mooshian.

In addition to a new city manager, the city will need to replace Executive Assistant to City Manager Doree Russell, who is retiring after 17 years.

Russell, who had extensive institutional knowledge of municipal operations, is the second long-time municipal employee to retire this year. Mary Walter, who was Claremont’s CFO for 20 years, retired in July.

Russell’s last day of work will be Friday January 28.


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