GILMANTON — The town had named Paul Branscombe to be the next town administrator, replacing Arthur Capello who is taking the administrator's job in his home town of Farmington.
Branscombe has been the town administrator in Ashland for five years. Before that he spent 44 years in the insurance industry working for Lloyd's.
He describes himself as a "workaholic" who if often at his desk early in the morning and staying late into the evening. An admirer of Winston Churchill, his favorite quote is that "if we are all together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fall."
Capello said Branscombe was one of four applicants who applied for the job. He said Branscomb's experience, his good reputation throughout the state and his personal demeanor were a few of the reasons selectmen chose him.
Branscombe is expected to start in Gilmanton no later than August 10. Capello said he will attend selectman's meeting and work one night a week in the interim.
In the search for a person to replace former Selectman Steve McCormack, Capello said three people have filed a written notice with his office expressing interest in the open position.
In no particular order they are Brian Forst, Brett Currier, and Rachael Hatch. Currier and Hatch have both served as selectman while Forst is the Chairman of the Budget Committee.
Selectmen will hold a workshop session on Tuesday to discuss how they will move forward in naming a third selectman who will serve until elections in March. Chair Don Guarino said there will be no public comment allowed however anyone with interest is welcome to observe the meeting.
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