Kevin Mearn Officially Out as Milton Town Administrator
The Milton Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 Thursday to end Town Administrator Kevin Mearn's tenure immediately following the meeting, supporting a vote Monday not to renew is contract.
As of just after 3 p.m. Thursday, August 2, Kevin Mearn is not longer serving as Milton Town Administrator. Though the Board of Selectmen voted publicly on Monday not to renew his contract, Mearn has been working at Town Hall the past three days.
“Despite the vote [on Monday] he was back in his office on Tuesday,” said Selectman Bob Sweeney following the short meeting.
Thursday’s afternoon meeting at the Council on Aging was scheduled as soon as possible as it was posted Tuesday to allow the 48 hours of notice required by the commonwealth’s open meeting law.
In a written motion made by Sweeney, Mearn’s employment with the Town of Milton was expired following the vote.
As with the original vote not to renew Mearn’s contract, his termination was supported by Sweeney and Denis Keohane and opposed by Chair Tom Hurley.
The motion dictated that Mearn’s employment with the town from June 30, the end of his one-year agreement, until August 2, was at will. Thus, the vote stipulated he must return to Town Hall after the meeting, collect his belongings and turn in his keys and access cards.
Finally, the vote noted Mearn would be paid through Thursday, but was not eligible for severance or any other lump sum payment.
Mearn was in attendance but did not speak during the meeting or to the press afterward.
As of the time of the vote, Assistant Town Administrator Annmarie Fagan took over the vacated post in an interim capacity. On Monday, with a recommendation of the Personnel Board, the Selectmen voted to increase her current salary to $125,000 while serving as Interim Town Administrator.
A search committee will be formed at the next Selectmen meeting to find Mearn’s permanent replacement.