May 24, 2020

Town manager’s contract not renewed by board

ST. ALBANS — The town of St. Albans will be without a town manager after Dec. 31 and Larry Post without a job. That’s the result of a vote taken by the Board of Selectmen Monday night following an executive session.

Following a lengthy agenda, the board called for the closed session to discuss contract negotiations with the town manager. Coming out of that session, Post said a vote was taken to terminate his employment when his contract ends with the town on Dec. 31. Board chairman Brian Hanson and Nancy Bubar voted in favor of the action while David Bubar voted against it.

Post said no reasons were given for the apparent dismissal. Hanson said Post is aware of the reasons and it is up to him to reveal them if he chooses.

Hanson chose his words carefully when contacted Tuesday, specifically not citing reasons for discontinuing Post’s employment. He agreed with the observation that the board has had continual disagreements with Post over the past year, and more since Hanson has been on the board. He said the board has disagreed with Post’s management style, and that has led to difficulties.

Hanson said he has chosen not to fill out annual evaluation forms on Post’s performance in recent years, choosing instead to speak directly to Post about any concerns.

“I have it documented and he (Post) took it all down,” Hanson said. “He has been evaluated. I know others have filled out the form. It (the form) was unilaterally developed. I did not choose to fill it out.”

Nancy Bubar, contacted Tuesday, restricted her comments on the situation saying only, “I have some real concerns about the way things are done. Selectmen seldom know what is going on until it has already happened.”

David Bubar, the lone dissenter on the vote, could not be reached for comment.

Post chose not to be specific about his difficulties with the board in recent months. He also would not comment on any plans to respond to the board’s action except to say he is assessing his options.

Post has been town manager in St. Albans for 16 years. He is currently at the end of a three-year contract granted by a previous board. The contract provoked controversy regularly at the March town meeting since its adoption, and was cited as one reason for a change in the Board of Selectmen.

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