SUDBURY — A nearby city official and two others with ties to the manager of the company hired to lead the search for Sudbury’s next chief executive were named finalists for the job.
A pair of community forums for residents to be introduced to candidates are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday.
The new manager will replace Henry Hayes, who left in June after just over two years on the job — and nine months before the conclusion of his first contract.
separation agreement: Former general manager Henry Hayes will receive six monthly checks of $15,000
Community Paradigm Associates, a Plymouth-based talent search consultancy that has served communities across the state, introduced the three finalists Tuesday at a board meeting.
“I think it’s good ground for the city,” said Bernie Lynch, founder and CEO of Community Paradigm. Lynch said his company signed on in August and “gathered information about the city and where you are now.”
Community Paradigm received over 20 applications for the position in Sudbury. The list was narrowed down to five finalists, but two have since withdrawn for personal and professional reasons.
“Sudbury is in a truly privileged position to have this caliber of candidates,” said Board Chair Charles Russo.
The board is due to poll the three nominees on Nov. 12 and then proceed to a vote on Nov. 15. Snapshots of the three finalists are below:
Gregory Johnson has been a city administrator for Maynard since 2018. He also served as an analyst at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration Finance and served in the Marine Corps for five years.
Johnson holds a master’s degree in public policy from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Norwich University.
Michael McCall has been the City Manager of Southbridge since 2020. He was previously Deputy City Manager of Chelmsford for almost four years. — and served as coach there while Lynch was city manager. Southbridge has a town council form of government, while Chelmsford has a representative town assembly; Sudbury has a form of government open to the municipal assembly.
McCall also worked as a lawyer.
He holds a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Merrimack College.
Andrew Sheehan has been a Middleton City Administrator for almost seven years. He was previously assistant city manager at Lowell, when Lynch was city manager. Sheehan was also briefly assistant to the City Manager of Westford and also worked as a conservation administrator.
Sheehan holds an M.A. (Education) and a B.A. (History) from UMass Lowell. He holds a graduate certificate in local government management from Stanford.
Meet the candidates
At 6:30 p.m. Monday and again Wednesday, residents will be able to log into a virtual community forum with the three finalists. Lynch will facilitate.
In a statement, Russo said input from the community, both residents and staff, is essential to the selection process.
More information about these forums can be found online or by contacting the Select Board office.
How we got here
Community Paradigm was also launched during the last search for a city manager in Sudbury. Hayes was an unusual candidate — while an accomplished military commander at Hanscom Air Force Base, he lacked municipal experience. Nevertheless, he was hired in March 2020 but left in June, nine months before the end of his initial contract.
Under a severance agreement between Hayes and the city, Sudbury was released from liability for claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as well as emotional distress and wrongful dismissal, among other claims.
Hayes was to receive payments of $15,000 for each of the six months immediately following his departure and nearly $20,000 in unused vacation pay, according to the separation agreement, a copy of which was acquired by the Daily News.
His salary in 2021 was $190,054.80, according to public records.