O’Donnell stressed the importance of being as honest and direct as possible with selectmen. “You have to tell them the good news as well as the bad news, and the board has to be willing to accept that and not shoot the messenger, so to speak,” O’Donnell said.
Regarding the decision of Great Barrington’s selectmen, O’Donnell said the board “never gave me specific criteria and there were some board members that indicated they wanted me out.”
O’Donnell said he had made personnel decisions the board did not agree with, and in response they reviewed the town’s charter to change the town manager position.
Miller could not be reached for comment for this article.
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