Town Council Chairman announces move during meeting

SOUTHBRIDGE — The Town Council will soon begin the process of searching for a new Town Manager, according to an announcement by Chairman Jack Jovan during Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Jovan said that while the Town Council had agreed earlier this year to extend Town Manager Ron San Angelo’s tenure through next summer, the town’s governing body has since opted to go another route.

“Town Council on February 25, 2019, came to an agreement with the Town Manager on a new contract with a term to expire on August 21, 2020. On August 26, 2019, Town Council met to discuss whether or not to enter into negotiations relative to this new contract with the Manager,” said Jovan, reading from a prepared statement. “Town Council has decided to move in a different direction regarding the leadership in the Town Manager’s office. We would like to thank Town Manager Ron San Angelo for his hard work in the community over the last four-plus years and wish him the best of luck.”

San Angelo has served as Town Manager since August 2015, having left a similar position in the town of Hanson to come to Southbridge. Jovan did not provide further details at the time of the announcement, including when San Angelo’s last day on the job would be. San Angelo did not offer a comment on the matter during the meeting.

Over the last year or so, San Angelo has been a candidate for similar posts across Massachusetts. He was publicly named as a candidate or finalist for several Town Administrator or Town Manager positions, including in the towns of Hamilton, Hanover, Oxford, and Sturbridge.

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