Butterfield Selected Randolph Town Manager

Front Page / Jan. 27, 2007 12:00am EST

By M. D. Drysdale

Butterfield Selected Randolph Town Manager By M. D. Drysdale

Former Selectman Peter Butterfield was selected last week to be Randolph's next town manager. He's expected to start in mid-February.

The Selectboard, which had been puzzling over a group of four, three, and then two finalists, held a quick executive session Wednesday evening, faced with the need to make a final choice.

"It was surprisingly easy" considering the long uncertainty, reported Selectboard Chair Jim Hutchinson later.

In choosing Butterfield, the Selectboard chose "enthusiasm and dedication to the town" over management experience. The other three finalists were all experienced in municipal management, all of them currently in Vermont.

Butterfield, 45, is a Middlebury native and attended schools there. He has lived in Randolph 13 years and is director of Family and Community Support Services for Central Vermont Community Action Corp. That agency oversees services for lower-income Vermonters in 56 towns. It's headquartered in Barre, but Butterfield's office is in Randolph at the Ayer's Brook Center. He supervises 12 employees, he noted, so management is part of his current job description.

He also has expeience in Randolph government. In about six years on the selectbord, he chaired the Capital Budget Committee that set up the town's first capital budget; and from 2003 to 2004 he was chair of the board.

He also has served as board president of the Randolph Area Community Development Corp. and has been deeply involved in housing issues.

Wife on Selectboard

Butterfield's wife Dawn is serving her first term on the Randolph selectboard, and she said Tuesday that she has decided to remain on the board, at least through the rest of her term, which expires in 2008.

Kathy DeWolfe, director of elections with the Secretary of State's office, confirmed there is no conflict-of-interest prohibition of such an arrangement.

"The law is mysterious," she said. "It's up to the voters."

Hutchinson said he felt "confident" that Dawn Butterfield would recuse herself from any conflict if she stays on the board.

She took no part in choosing the town manager and recused herself Tuesday evening, when the board discussed elements of the manager's contract..

The selectboard, Hutchinson said, was impressed with Peter Butterfield's "long history of deep involvement in the town. He's knowledgeable and thoughtful."

The board felt that for him, "this is not just a job," Hutchinson said. "It's not a step on a career ladder. He loves the town and wants to do good things for the town."

Butterfield confirmed these sentiments in speaking with The Herald this week.

"I'm really honored to be able to be of service," he said. "I'm really passionate about what happens here. My hope is to stay around until I retire—despite Randolph's tradition of revolving doors in the manager's office."

Now that the choice has been made, final negotiations are still to take place on salary and other items. The last town manager, Rick Schnaedter, was paid $56,000, Hutchinson noted.

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