Marion City Administrator James McGrail is one of four finalists for Middleboro’s general manager position.
McGrail has served as Marion Town Administrator since 2019. Prior to that, he served as facilities manager for Sandwich Schools from 2018 to 2019 and executive director of the South Shore Country Club in Hingham from 2010 to 2018.
In his application letter, he mentioned his work during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Having the opportunity to manage Marion for the past three years has been the responsibility of a lifetime,” he wrote.
His letter stated that “Looking back on my career, I believe this challenge will be one of my best managements. From preparing vaccination clinics for first responders to making almost daily decisions about staffing and construction operations, I was constantly challenged. I am proud to have served in a high level leadership position during this time in our world and feel that I have successfully led the residents of Marion and our business through this tumultuous time. ”
He wrote that through his experiences, “I developed a strong commitment to recognizing and responding to community needs. My experience in human resources management, municipal finance, public works projects and problem solving is essential to the success I have had in each of the communities where I have worked.”
Others vying for the position are: Avon City Administrator Gregory Enos; Kingston City Manager Keith Hickey; and Shirley Town Administrator Michael McGovern; and James McGrail, trustee of Marion Town.
The successful candidate will replace current chief executive Robert Nunes, who is retiring in October.
Enos has served as a city administrator for Avon since 2018. He previously worked as human resources manager for Ashland from 2016 to 2018 and as deputy city administrator for Whitman from 2012 to 2016.
Hickey has served as Kingston’s Town Manager since 2021. His previous experience includes serving as Winchendon Town Manager from 2015-2021 and Salem as NH Town Manager from 2011-2015.
McGovern has served as a Shirley Town Trustee since 2018. He previously served as Lowell Town Deputy Principal from 2014 to 2018 and School Information Coordinator and School Foundation Director at Greater Lowell Technical High School in 2003 to 2014.
Interviews with candidates have not yet taken place. The matter is expected to be discussed at Middleboro Select’s board meeting on September 26.
The board of directors hired Groux-White Consulting to oversee the search and present the best candidates for the board’s review.
Twenty-three people applied for the job, including city managers, city administrators, chief financial officers, high-level department heads, a state agency commissioner and a former Midwest mayor, Richard White wrote. de Groux-White Consulting in a letter to the selection board introducing the candidates.
The pool is loud, White wrote.
“Each is on an upward trajectory professionally, has a good, solid track record as managers/leaders, is successful in their current community, and is well regarded in the field,” White wrote. “The four finalists provide the board with excellent variety. ”
He wrote that “any one of the four will serve Middleboro well”.