“I’m very pleased he got the job,” said Lombard. “He will be an asset to the town. We made a couple of errors in the past, but I know (he) will move the town in the right direction.”
Barletta, a Nahant resident, was formerly the director of governmental affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. He previously worked as director of government affairs for the Department of Conservation and Recreation for two years.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of selecting Barletta over runners-up Robert Curtin, assistant town administrator of Lynnfield, and Joseph Domelowicz, Jr., assistant town administrator of Winthrop, in July.
Former Town Administrator Jeffrey Chelgren resigned in March, about two months after he filed a lawsuit in Lawrence Superior Court with several explosive charges, including discrimination and breach of contract. The lawsuit has since been settled.
Chelgren accepted the job in March 2015. His three-year contract was not set to expire until June 2018.
Gerry Perry, of Swampscott, became interim administrator when Chelgren resigned in March.
Before his time in Nahant, Chelgren, of Lynn, served as the town administrator of Marblehead, where he resigned about four months before his three-year contract expired.