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Negotiations Underway to Keep Town Manager in Clinton

With Town Manager Karl Kilduff’s contract in its third and final year, the question has been will Kilduff stay in Clinton? Town Council’s recent unanimous vote to move forward with contract negotiations lays that question to rest.

Kilduff officially started his role as Clinton’s first town manager in 2020, signing a three-year contract with the town. That contract is set to expire at the end of the year, and Kilduff had until July 10 to inform the town if he intended to stay in Clinton. Following a short executive session on July 6, the Town Council announced it would start the process of negotiating a new town manager contract.

Town Council chairman Chris Aniskovich told the Harbor News he was extremely pleased Kilduff had decided to stay in Clinton.

“I think it’s important for Clinton to have that continuity as our first town manager and he can keep doing the great job of helping the town that he has been doing the last three years,” said Aniskovich.

The Town Council is the body with the authority to hire and fire town manager per the town’s charter. According to Aniskovich, the negotiations would be handled in executive sessions at future Council meetings. Per the town charter, a town manager cannot be given a contract for a length of longer than three years. That provision may be changed in the future, however.

Aniskovich said that though Kilduff has been in Clinton about two and a half years, he is still learning things about Clinton and people are still learning about him.

“It’s important that people have more confidence with how we’re working and how he specifically work,” Aniskovich said. “We’re getting used to him and him with us, and it’s a way we can grow together.”

In 2018, Clinton voters overwhelmingly voted to change the style of town government to a town council-town manager form of government from a board of selectman style of government. Proponents of the move argued that the town could benefit from having a professional run the day-to-day operations of the town. Clinton politicians of all parties, as well as town employees, have publicly and privately told the Harbor News that they largely approve of the job Kilduff has done thus far, specifically when it comes to the streamlined budget process in comparison to the old model.

Aniskovich said that he is happy the town will demonstrate an ability to keep town managers without regular turnover.

“I think it’s important we don’t get into a revolving door situation where we’re changing town managers every three years. Him staying signals a belief in our town and what we’re doing here,” said Aniskovich.


Eric O’Connell covers news for Clinton for Zip06. Email Eric at e.oconnell@shorepublishing.com.

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