Originally scheduled for Thursday, June 20, the public forum to meet and greet John Mauro, the finalist for Windham Town Manager’s position was postponed to Friday June 21 due a plane delay. Although rescheduling may have affected attendance, approximately 15 to 20 community members assembled at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers to introduce themselves and share their thoughts with Mauro.
|John Mauro listens to a Windham resident
Mauro actively reached out to the visitors as they approached him. His amicable personality made fora light evening of conversation among all those present. Beth Hall was among those who attended the “meet and greet” and had an opportunity to speak with Mauro. She stated that she was pleased he was from Maine. “Having roots in Auburn is close enough for him to connect with people in Windham,” she stated. “I also appreciate the fact that he has had an opportunity to live outside of the state, allowing him to bring additional knowledge and experience to the area.”
When asked what she looked forward to in a new town manager, Hall replied that she hoped respect would be a part of his approach to the people of Windham. “I hope that he will be respectful enough to return calls and follow up on concerns expressed by the public.”
Mauro stated that if officially offered the position, he will begin his role by obtaining clarity on major town goals and issues – and from there determine where and how to proceed. “First I will look at the tough and critical issues at hand, and from there, determine where we all want to be in 10 years.”
After the hour long gathering, members of The Town Council along with Mauro and interim Town Manager, Don Gerrish entered into an Executive Session meeting. As of this printing on June 26, the Council has yet to officially announce the name of the new Windham Town Manager.