Westport Begins Search For New Town Operations Director

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has appointed a committee to interview candidates for the position of town operations director.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has appointed a committee to interview candidates for the position of town operations director. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A five-person search committee appointed by First Selectman Jim Marpe will interview candidates for the position of town operations director.

The committee, chaired by Pete Wolgast, a former executive assistant to a Westport first selectman, also includes Westport personnel director Ralph Chetcuti, communications specialist Karen Hess, former Westport Board of Education Chairman Don O’Day, and senior corporate executive Steve Parrish. The committee will begin interviewing qualified candidates shortly and will make a recommendation to the first selectman, who plans to appoint an operations director this spring.

The operations director will report directly to the first selectman and will work with all town departments to achieve operational efficiency, improve government effectiveness, enhance and expand communications, develop strategies to accomplish disaster recovery objectives, and seek out and develop economic development opportunities.

To be considered for the position, candidates must possess: considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal administration; knowledge of public personnel and finance methods and procedures; ability to perform research and prepare technical reports on all aspects of municipal government operations; and knowledge of emergency management methods and procedures. A master’s degree in business administration or public administration, or some closely related field, and five years of progressively responsible municipal experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Candidates should also possess a strong knowledge of Westport and town government operations.

“The operations director will be an extremely important member of my team and whose work will directly benefit the town of Westport and its residents,” noted Marpe. 

For more information, or to apply for the operations director position, contact personnel@westportct.gov, or Personnel Department, Westport Town Hall, Room 208, Westport, CT 06880. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 20.

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