Dukes County Board May Skip Job Search

Commissioners Agree to Meet Again With Their Runner-Up Candidate for County Manager Position

By ALEXIS TONTI

At a special meeting held Tuesday night, the Dukes County commissioners voted to invite E. Winn Davis, who with Laurie Perry had been selected as a finalist for county manager, back to the Island to discuss the position.

The commissioners last week voted to rescind Ms. Perry's job offer and to ask the selection committee to reconvene to find three qualified candidates.

At Tuesday's meeting, however, search committee chairman Marie Allen urged the commissioners to consider Mr. Davis before returning to square one.

"We went through a long and arduous and painstaking process to come up with candidates who we felt could fill the position admirably," Ms. Allen said. "I have polled all the members of the search committee, and without exception they feel as though we should give Mr. Winn Davis consideration."

Search committee adviser Susan Wasserman added: "There is no bigger pool of candidates."

Mrs. Wasserman warned that it would be time-consuming and expensive to readvertise the job, and reminded the commission that the final two candidates had been presented to them as being of equal weight.

"The more I think about it, it's the appropriate step," said commissioner Roger Wey, who made a motion to invite Mr. Davis back to interview for the job.

Mr. Wey later added: "My intent is to bring him back and ultimately, if further discussion with Mr. Davis feels comfortable, offer him the job."

Mr. Davis is the executive secretary of the town of Hanson, a job characterized on his resume as being the chief administrative official. His past record of municipal service includes a three-year tenure as the assistant town manager of Provincetown; three years as a senior regional planner to Franklin, Norfolk and Wrentham, and time spent as a town planner in Falmouth.

Mr. Davis was graduated from Northeastern University with a master of public administration degree; from Harvard Graduate School of Design with a master of city planning degree, and from Boston University School of Law with a doctor of law degree.

Commissioner Nelson Smith, who had spoken with Mr. Davis, said at the meeting that Mr. Davis was interested in discussing employment but did not want to rehash the full interview process.

Following a discussion as to whether the county should be concerned about a manager who would have to commute to the Island, the commission unanimously passed Mr. Wey's motion. A meeting with Mr. Davis has not yet been scheduled.

Acting manager Dianne Powers, who said last week that she would not serve in the interim position through another extended search process, agreed to stay until the commissioners made a decision regarding Mr. Davis.