City of Palmer searching for new town manager

Hampden County

Palmer is searching for a new town manager.

Palmer plans to pay their next Town Manager $140,000 after the current one retires in June.

Town Manager Charles Blanchard told 22News he told the town council he would retire June 30, when his 3-year contract expires. The town hired an outside agency to conduct a search for a new town manager and posted the position online with an estimated salary of $140,000 per year.

According to U.S. Census data, more than 52 percent of Palmer’s population is low to moderate income. Blanchard said the posted salary will allow the town to attract a highly-qualified person to take the position.

“It’s a competitive market you pay for what you get,” Blanchard explained. “Statewide that’s not an extremely high salary and there are salaries that are higher, but I think it’s a competitive wage for this community and the responsibilities and so forth.”

Blanchard only makes about $4,000 less than what the town will pay the next town manager. The Palmer Town Council will decide who the town hires to replace Blanchard once the search is completed.

The deadline to apply for the town manager position is April 15.

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