I want to personally thank former Town Councilor James MacLeod for his public comment at a recent Yarmouth Town Council meeting, when he encouraged the sitting council to create or update the job description for the town manager. Unbeknownst to many, we currently do not use a job description for our town manager, the position is not annually reviewed, there is no process for overseeing raises, and according to MacLeod and other sitting councilors, his full compensation package is not even known.

I strongly disagree with Councilor Tim Shannon, who has stated he feels attention to this would be a waste of time. This process should be void of friendship bias and politics. In municipal government, it’s about using organizational best practices to help serve and represent the people of Yarmouth and about making the best decisions that maintain a healthy and vibrant community.

Benjamin Stevens