Milton selectmen have narrowed the field for the next town administrator to four finalists, including interim Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan.
Fagan recused herself as selectmen discussed the search process. Interviews of the candidates will take place at an open meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The other candidates are Richard J. LaFond of Bridgewater; Grady E. Miller of Narragansett, R.I.; and Kevin O’Donnell of Great Barrington.
Members of a selection committee forwarded the four names to selectmen in a letter sent Tuesday, which selectmen discussed at their Thursday meeting.
“This is one of the biggest decisions we will make this year,” said Selectman Denis Keohane.
In the letter, committee members wrote that Fagan did not meet the minimum education qualification of a bachelor’s degree, but that her name was on the list as a result of her service to the town on three separate occasions serving as interim town administrator.
Each selectmen will ask each candidate five questions in open session and deliberate in open session, selectmen agreed Thursday.
Selectman Robert Sweeney said he appreciated having each candidate’s resume, but hoped to receive recommendations for each candidate as well, he said.
Keohane further suggested that selectmen drive to the candidates’ hometowns to talk to the people they know.
The applicants were culled from 40 applicants, 12 of whom were interviewed in depth, according to the committee’s letter.
“The resulting candidates named here reflect not only the training and experience required for the job, but also the vision and understanding necessary to provide leadership and foster communication within town government while also meeting the town’s mission to best serve its residents,” read the letter, signed by committee chairman Mary McNamara and three other members.
Selectmen Chairman Thomas Hurley expressed his hope that the selectmen would speak with one voice.
“It may not be that way, but I would hope it would be unanimous – that the person would have the full support of the board,” he said. “That’s the goal.”