Sullivan offers to extend contract with S. Hadley as search for administrator continues

  • South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan. JERREY ROBERTS—GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Monday, June 28, 2021

SOUTH HADLEY — Town Administrator Michael Sullivan is preparing to offer to extend his contract with South Hadley through September as the town continues its search for a new chief executive.

Sullivan said that he intends to offer to extend his services at Tuesday’s Select Board meeting. Sullivan had initially planned to retire this month after more than eight years on the job. But the Select Board’s search for his replacement hit a snag in April after three out of the four finalists for the job withdrew their names from contention.

Among those who had been named finalists, the only candidate to remain in the process was Stuart Beckley, the current town administrator in Ware who previously served as Easthampton’s city planner.

Following the withdrawal of all the other finalists, the town went back to its search.

On Wednesday, the town’s screening committee met in closed session to interview candidates and vote on finalists to present to the Select Board. An update on the town administrator search is on the agenda for the Select Board’s next meeting on Tuesday.

Sullivan became South Hadley’s town administrator in April 2013. He previously served as mayor of Holyoke for 10 years from 2000 to 2010 and as Maynard’s town administrator from 2010 to 2013.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.