SALEM — Town Manager Keith Hickey is expected to be on hand Monday night when selectmen choose their new leaders for the next year.
But on Tuesday, Salem’s leader for the last three years will be in Dracut, Mass., appearing before another Board of Selectmen — one interviewing him for a new job.
Hickey is one of three finalists for the Dracut town manager job who will be questioned during a public, televised interview, Selectmen’s Chairman Cathy Richardson said.
He will be led on a tour of the town along with the two other candidates, according to Richardson and fellow Dracut Selectman Anthony Archinski.
The other candidates are North Reading, Mass., Town Administrator Greg Balukonis and Gloucester, Mass., Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting them all Tuesday,” Richardson said.
Richardson said Dracut is seeking a strong town manager who is an excellent communicator with extensive managerial, financial and economic development experience.
The individual also needs to be a top-notch negotiator, she said, and would replace former Town Manager Dennis Piendak, who held the job for nearly 28 years before retiring last fall. She hopes the new manager would be able to begin work by mid-May.
The finalists were chosen from among approximately two dozen candidates by the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management.
Hickey and the others have already been interviewed by a five-member screening committee made up of Dracut residents, Archinski said.
Hickey yesterday refused to speak about the job opportunity. He would not disclose his reasons for possibly leaving Salem.
“I’m not going to comment on it,” he said.
When asked, Hickey said he has no interest in the vacant town administrator’s job in Pelham.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I’m not applying in Pelham.”
Tom Gaydos resigned in February after 12 years as Pelham’s town administrator. No reason was given. He earned about $100,000 a year.