Town Manager Jeff Hull Still Waiting For New Contract; New Assistant Town Manager Will Be Named Soon

WILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s Selectmen Meeting, the board voted to take no action on approving a new contract for longtime Town Manager Jeff Hull.

Selectman Greg Bendel cited the need to “iron out a few details” before a final deal could be signed. While it’s unclear what those details are since all negotiations are being conducted in Executive Session, all indications appear that both sides will reach an agreement and it’s a matter of when, not if.

A subcommittee of the board — consisting of Bendel and Chair Lil Maselli — has been meeting in Executive Session to negotiate a new contract with Hull. It appears the subcommittee has met on at least five occasions, including June 25, July 2, July 22, August 26, and October 27. The full board has also met in Executive Session to discuss Hull’s contract, either before and/or after some of their regular meetings. Most recently, the board held a standalone Executive Session meeting on December 8 to discuss the matter.

In response to a question from Town Manager Hull, Chair Maselli indicated the board would hold another meeting at some point prior to their January 10 regular meeting to iron out the remaining unresolved contract details.

Hull’s most recent contract expired on September 30, 2021, although there may be some sort of short-term agreement currently in place.

Hull has helped run Wilmington since 1987, serving as Town Manager for the past nine years (2012-present) and Assistant Town Manager for the 25 prior to that (1987-2012). He was unanimously appointed to a 3-year term in 2012, and unanimously reappointed to additional 3-year terms in 2015 and 2018.

New Assistant Town Manager To Be Announced Soon

Wilmington’s Assistant Town Manager/Human Resources Director Kerry Colburn-Dion is retiring on February 11, 2022. Colburn-Dion came to Wilmington in January 2019, having served as Carlisle’s Finance Director for for 2 years and Tyngsboro’s Treasurer & Finance Coordinator for 7 years. She took over for former Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey, who left Wilmington to become North Andover’s Assistant Town Manager.

Town Manager Jeff Hull recently conducted a search for Colburn-Dion’s replacement. 3 finalists were interviewed and, as of December 10, Hull expected to make a hiring decision in mid-December. Hull anticipates the new Assistant Town Manager will begin in late January.

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