Lack of agreement on salary stymied job offer for Bainbridge city manager finalist

A finalist for the city manager job for Bainbridge Island turned down a job offer a little more than a week ago in Longmeadow, Mass. because the position wouldn't pay enough.

Bonnie Therrien, the interim town manager of North Branford, Conn., is currently one of the three finalists for the top job at Bainbridge Island City Hall.

According to new reports in the Massachusetts press, Therrien was offered the job of town manager in Longmeadow, Mass. in August.

Contract negotiations hit an impasse over pay, however, Longmeadow Selectman Mark Gold told the Bainbridge Review Tuesday.

"We were just unable to come to an agreement on the overall compensation package," said Gold, who serves as one of five elected selectman on the town's board.

Therrien did not accept the town's contract offer, he said, so the town will restart its work to find a new city manager. Town officials plan to seek new applicants for the position.

"We are going to go in an alternate direction and, we assume, so is she," he said.

"It was a mutual decision," Gold added. "There is no animosity on either side."

Therrien is currently the interim town manager in North Branford, Conn.

Before that, Therrien was manager for the town of Hebron, Conn. from April 2010 through December 2011.

Therrien left her job in Hebron, according to the newspaper The Berlin Citizen in Connecticut, over a "difference in philosophies" with the town's board of selectmen.

According to the Cape Cod Times, Therrien was also one of four finalists for the position of town manager in Falmouth, Mass. in September 2011.



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