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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hopkinton selects first town manager

HOPKINTON

Anthony Troiano signed a three-year contract this week to be Hopkinton's first-ever town manager. His hiring is contingent on approval of funds at a special Dec. 21 Town Meeting. His annual salary will be $100,000 if approved and Jan. 1 is his tentative start date.

Troiano, a 50-year-old East Sandwich resident, has been working as assistant town administrator in Burlington since 2004. In an interview this fall with the Globe, he said the biggest challenge of the new job would be balancing growth, a tight budget, and residents' desire to preserve rural character and good schools.

The new post was established after a townwide vote in May that overwhelmingly approved a new charter, which swaps the existing executive secretary position for the more powerful town manager post.

Longtime Executive Secretary Ted Kozak was not included among the finalists despite protests from some selectmen.

Muriel Kramer, the chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, said she hopes Kozak will stay on for the first two months of the new town manager's tenure to streamline the transition, but the selectmen are still negotiating that arrangement with him.

--Lisa Kocian

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