Co-town administrators start Monday

Jun 5, 2024

At its Monday, June 3 meeting, the Select Board approved the memorandum of agreement for Gary Carreiro, treasurer and director of budget and finance, and Chris Vitale, assistant town administrator, who will serve as co-town administrators for Dartmouth, starting Monday, June 10.

June 10 is the start of Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes’ vacation time, which he will take until his resignation date on Monday, July 15. 

MacInnes announced his departure in a Tuesday, April 16 email to town employees. He will leave to become CEO and president of the Columbia Association, a non-profit community service corporation that governs Columbia, Maryland, which is a “planned community” created by developer John Rouse with a population of approximately 105,000 people as of the 2020 census. Opening in 1967, it consists of 10 self-contained villages and is a census-designated place.

The newly approved agreement stipulates who will take each of the town administrator responsibilities fall under. According to Select Board Chair Shawn McDonald, the finances will largely be overseen by Carreiro while Vitale will oversee the daily administrative work at the office and town affairs.

McDonald added together, the administrators will work on Town Meetings; the hiring, supervising and termination of department heads; general administrative responsibilities; and direct supervision of departments.

While both will be preparing the budget and working on capital improvements, Carreiro will be leading those tasks.

McDonald said for both positions, “just under $3,400” is paid per week. 

The town has received two quotes from companies looking to conduct the search for a new town administrator: the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston is asking for $14,000 and Community Paradigm Associates, LLC in Plymouth is asking for $13,000.

McDonald said David Cressman, who served as Dartmouth’s town administrator for nine years before retiring in 2018, has also offered to conduct the search. The Select Board requested that he submit a proposal similar to the two companies, which the board will review at a later meeting.