Granby Board votes not to renew Manager’s contract |

Granby Board votes not to renew Manager’s contract

Lance Maggart

The Town of Granby will soon be seeking a new Town Manager.

Last Tuesday night the Granby Board of Trustees voted unanimously, with one abstention from Trustee Becky Johnson, not to renew the contract of current Town Manager Wally Baird when his contract expires on July 14. Baird will complete his eighth year as Town Manager for Granby on July 14.

“The Board had decided not to renew Wally’s contract but it does not negate all the good work and our appreciation for what he has done in the past,” said Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie. “Decisions like this are not easy and it is a very demanding job. We understand the challenges with that.”

The vote not to renew Baird’s contract was conducted in open session following an executive session held by the Board to discuss the issue. According to Baird the Board has not provided any reasoning for their decision.

“I feel very disappointed that the Board would take this type of action without ever talking to me prior or telling me if something is wrong,” Baird said. “Whatever the circumstance or situation was, I just don’t know.”

Mayor Chavoustie declined to provide reasoning for the Board’s decision not to renew Baird’s contract, citing the fact that discussions were held in executive session.

Baird’s contract as Town Manager has historically been renewed on an annual basis in July. According to Baird his contract as Town Manager has been automatically renewed each year since his second year with Granby town government. His contract required some form of affirmative action on the Board’s part to prevent automatic renewal.

“I did offer Wally the opportunity to talk about a shorter term contract but he has not gotten back to me about that at this time,” said Mayor Chavoustie.

Baird’s last official day as Town Manager for Granby will be July 14. Baird says he is still weighing his options and has made no decision regarding his future plans.

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