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Belmont selects new Town Administrator

Posted by Evan Allen  June 13, 2012 03:05 PM

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The Belmont Board of Selectmen voted this week to select David Kale, currently the Budget Director and Deputy Finance Director for the city of Cambridge, as the new Town Administrator.

The pay range for the position is between $140,000 and $160,000, according to selectmen. A final contract and starting date have not yet been worked out, according to selectman Ralph Jones.

Jones said the vote for Kale was 2 to 1. Jones, who was the minority vote, said that he intends to move that the vote be made unanimous at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

“I think we should be unanimous in welcoming the new Town Administrator,” said Jones.

Jones said he voted for the other finalist, Peter Morin, who is Braintree’s Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, because Morin has experience in restructuring town government. Kale’s expertise, Jones said, is heavily budget-oriented.

Belmont’s government is working to confront issues of government restructuring, according to officials.

Early this year, the Board of Selectmen changed the Town Administrator position description to give it more power. Jones said that the position needs to be further enhanced to give the administrator more authority over crucial department issues like personnel policy.

Jones also said that the town currently has many small departments with only one or two employees – a structure that officials say is inefficient.

Kale will step into a position that has been occupied by two interim administrators since Thomas Younger resigned after six years as Town Administrator last October.

Selectmen chose Richard Kelliher, Brookline’s former Town Administrator, for the interim post, but Kelliher resigned after about two months, citing an overload of work responsibilities.

Former Assistant Town Administrator Kellie Hebert then stepped into the interim position, which she still holds.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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