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Amherst Town Administrator Back In Town Hall

Town Administrator James O'Mara resumed his duties Thursday morning.

The Amherst town administrator is back at Town Hall after being put on administrative leave for over a month.

Amherst Patch confirmed reports of his return with Chairman Bruce Bowler, who verified that Jim O’Mara has resumed his duties Thursday morning. He said that O’Mara was notified on Wednesday that he could return.

Bowler would not comment on questions regarding the details of his absence and return to Town Hall today, citing the subject as a personnel issue. Town officials have said that they have been following the advice from legal counsel on the situation.

O’Mara was put on paid leave in early December after a unanimous vote from the Amherst Board of Selectmen.

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Noley January 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM
The BoS is a club. They have their own rules and unless you are a member they don't care what you have to say. That they won't discuss this issue is just one of their rules. It may all be an issue of no real import, or maybe something is being swept under the rug. But we won't know. Are they hiding something? If the town is paying someone 92-Large for his duties, the citizens have a right to know. Mr. O'Mara works for us, not the BoS. Now the BoS wants more money from taxpayers. Why should they be trusted?
Jim Farrow January 17, 2013 at 06:24 PM
If it's a legal matter that can't be discussed for reasons due to case against the town, or the town against the administrator, I can cut the BOS a little slack. However, it would now be apparent, since he is back on the job, that this is not the case at all. I'm hoping now that the BOS will have the guts to set the record straight and put this matter to bed asap, but I'm not holding my breathe.
Tony Yakovakis January 17, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Mr. Ward, I agree. As taxpayers what is our recourse. Do we or can we oust our selecmen? We as a town voted them in and we should be able to vote them out. Is the state able to step in on our behalf and uncover this cover-up. All questions that should be being asked by all taxpayers. Not only does Mr. O'Mara work for us, so dothe selectmen , or at least they're supposed to.
Seamus Carty January 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
If this is not transparent by the next election, I'll be voting for new people for the Board of Selectmen. Maybe Noel Ward will run....
Noley January 17, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I wonder what the BoS thinks when they read this page.

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