Nahant wants update on administrator job


NAHANT — A committee will honor the request of Town Meeting five years ago and review a 25-year-old Town Administrator Act.

At a meeting tonight, the Board of Selectmen will advise a committee, set out to update the language town bylaws, on what changes should be made to the language of the act establishing the position of the town administrator for the town of Nahant.

Selectmen said Wednesday it’s a matter of routine housekeeping and not a reflection of current Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren.

“I just think the way it was written will be changed because of some misconceptions in the way it was written in 1992,” said chairman Richard Lombard. “We want to straighten that out.”

“It’s a healthy process to look at our bylaws,” said Chelgren. “It’s really just starting out. The committee is going in to talk to the board to see what they would like to see looked at.”

Chelgren is the town’s fourth administrator. He was hired in 2015 and has more than two decades of town administrator service in various communities. He succeeded former Town Administrator Mark Cullinan, who last served full-time as administrator in 2011, returning on an interim basis in 2014 following former Administrator Andrew Bisignani‘s resignation.

Bisignani pleaded guilty to four counts of filing false tax returns two weeks ago and was sentenced to a year of probation; the first four months will be served in Coolidge House and the remaining six on home confinements. His charges stem from failing to report more than $375,000 of his income on his federal tax returns from 2010 to 2013.

Selectman Enzo Barile said Town Meeting voted in 2012 to review the language of the Town Administrator Act and make changes to keep it in compliance with the state’s other towns. While he said he was unsure of what prompted the decision, he called it good practice to update bylaws over time.

“When the Town Meeting votes on something, it has to be carried out,” Barile said. “We made sure that it was carried out. The committee will look at it and see if there are any abnormalities. I’m not sure why it was brought up in 2012 but it’s a good thing to do anyway. You should probably go over this stuff every couple of years — things change.”

Bridget Turcotte can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

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