Forum put on the search for a manager in the town of Tolland | Newsletters

TOLLAND — The city council will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 on the search for a new chief executive.

Residents are encouraged to tell Council what qualities they would like to see in a new CEO. The meeting will be held at the town hall and virtually.

The city council voted in September to hire the firm Strategic Government Resources to lead the search for a new city manager following the August resignation of Michael Rosen.

Former Chief Financial Officer Lisa Hancock now serves as Acting City Manager. Rosen resigned Aug. 5 to take a similar position in Massachusetts.

Strategic Government Resources will handle the entire City Manager search process, including nationally advertising the position, contract negotiations and background checks.

Doug Thomas, recruitment consultant with the firm, will be present at the public meeting.

It will cost the city $21,900 to use the company to do the research, as reported at the Sept. 14 council meeting.

The cost is a reduced rate as the city is a returning customer. The full cost would have been waived if Rosen, who was found during the first search in 2019, had resigned within 18 months of the start, said director of administrative services Michael Wilkinson.

Rosen, 36, who announced his resignation in early July, began his employment with the city in September 2019 following the retirement of Steven R. Werbner, who served as city manager for 14 years prior.

Rosen started with an annual salary of $137,500, in addition to a car allowance of $600 per month.

Prior to coming to Tolland, Rosen worked as an assistant city manager in Bedford, Massachusetts, from 2015 and served as executive assistant to the first coach at Greenwich from 2012 to 2015.

Ben covers Coventry and Tolland for the Journal Inquirer.

Harry L. Blanchard