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Wolfeboro selectmen announce termination of Merrow's employment


February 27, 2019
WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen met on Feb. 25, at 8:30 a.m. to announce an agreement to terminate the employment of Town Manager Becky Merrow, on administrative leave since Dec. 27. Chief James Pineo will continue to serve as Acting Town Manager until a replacement is hired.

The agreement includes a check for $27,980 to Merrow for three months salary. The town also is responsible for payment of $8,172, the town's share of NH Retirement, Social Security and Medicare, and health benefits. The total severance package comes to $36,153.

Chairman Linda Murray had questions for the board as to how it wanted to proceed in the recruitment of a new town manager. The board chose to handle the search itself rather than hire MRI.

To start, Selectman Dave Bowers and Murray agreed to work together on developing an ad, and Selectman Paul O'Brien said he would call the New Hampshire Municipal Association to gather information on prevailing salary and compensation rates.

Resident Richard Masse stated that the situation "doesn't put the town of Wolfeboro or the board in good light" and complained that the board "made no attempt to set the record straight."

Murray responded that the board followed the terms of the employment agreement with Merrow with advice from a labor attorney. It felt that it was "in her best interest that we follow the rules and regulations for the state in employee matters."

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