By MIKE DONOGHUE
Shelburne Town Manager Joe Colangelo is one of four finalists for a similar post in the town of Hanover, Mass.
Colangelo, 37, has worked as Shelburne’s municipal manager since April 2014 after being the town administrator in Hinesburg for three years. He also served as an assistant town manager in Middlebury for three and a half years.
“I’m still very happy in Shelburne and very much enjoy the job I have now,” he told the Shelburne News this week.
He said his wife grew up in Massachusetts and the job would bring them closer to her family.
Colangelo shared with the Shelburne News a note he emailed to the Selectboard and town staff saying he was finalist for a town manager position in Hanover.
“I found out I was a finalist late Saturday evening after a round of semi-finalist interviews earlier that day. My finalist interview was last night. It appears I will know one way or the other by the end of the week,” Colangelo wrote.
He said when he learned he was a finalist on Saturday evening he began calling the five current Shelburne Selectboard members, along with the former chairman Gary von Stange.
Colangelo said that was the first notice that he had mentioned he had applied for a new job.
Under Massachusetts law, the names of finalists for city/town manager positions are made public, Colangelo said.
Colangelo makes $105,000 a year in Shelburne and is due to get a $5,000 raise starting next month.
According to a news story in the Hanover Mariner newspaper, other candidates for the job are Ronald San Angelo, current Southbridge, Mass., town manager; Michael Gallagher, the town administrator of North Attleboro, Mass.; and Shawn MacInnes, the municipal operations manager of Yarmouth, Mass.
The Hanover board is expected to make the decision after San Angelo has his final interview, which was scheduled for tonight.
Colangelo said the other three candidates all look strong,
According to the Mariner, Hanover is seeking a permanent replacement for Town Manager Troy Clarkson, who left the position in November. Former Assistant Town Manager Tony Marino has been the acting manager, but he submitted his 60-day resignation notice March 9 in order to become town manager in Ipswich, Mass.
Hanover has a population of about 14,335. It is located about 20 miles southeast of Boston. The average home is assessed at $491,600 and pays about $8,000 in taxes, according to town records.
An Iowa native, Colangelo has a bachelor’s degree from City University of New York – Hunter College in 2004. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Albany in 2006.
Colangelo and his wife Heather, a former Vermont State Police trooper, live in Bolton. They have a daughter and a newborn son. Heather recently completed her masters in social work from Boston University and works for Washington County Mental Health.