Wilmington's new town manager comes from Rutland Police

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WILMINGTON — The appointment of Scott A. Tucker as town manager was met with applause Wednesday night.

"Thank you very much for your vote of confidence," Tucker told the Select Board before signing his contract.

"Welcome aboard," said Select Board Chairman Tom Fitzgerald.

Tucker, who will begin on Aug. 28, comes from the Rutland City Police Department. In 2014, he was appointed as commander of the department's Community Outreach Division. He also was the first executive director of Project VISION (Viable Initiatives and Solutions Involving Neighborhoods), which worked to reduce crime and improve community life in Rutland.

"Through Tucker's leadership, Project VISION grew from a problem-solving collaborative of about 24 decision-makers to over 460 members associated with about 100 agencies, organizations, nonprofits, departments, neighbors and faith-based communities all working together," a news release from the town of Wilmington stated.

Tucker grew up in Vermont and received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Maine in 1979. He has worked for the Rutland City Police Department in various roles for 37 years, including field training corporal, patrol sergeant and support-services captain. He also helped with drug investigations.

Applause also filled the meeting room after resident Nicki Steel thanked Interim Town Manager Gretchen Havreluk for all her "hard work."

"You did a wonderful, wonderful job," Steel told Havreluk, who will continue as economic and community development consultant for the town.

Select Board Vice Chairman John Gannon said Havreluk did "a terrific job" and Interim Fire Chief Scott Moore said she did "a great job."

As town manager, Tucker will be supervising about 30 full-time and part-time employees. He also will be developing and administering a $4.5 million town budget, according to the news release.

Tucker's fixed salary — $93,000 a year — is higher than his predecessor Scott Murphy's had been but that is due to Tucker not taking health benefits, according to Gannon.

Tucker "brings broad experience working on critical municipal issues and I am delighted he is joining the town of Wilmington to help us build an even stronger community," Fitzgerald said in the news release. "Scott's deep background across community collaboration and public safety makes him an outstanding addition to Wilmington."

Tucker described Wilmington as "a beautiful, vibrant community."

"I look forward to working with the Select Board, the town staff and its many volunteers to continue to make Wilmington a healthy, safe and thriving community to live, work and play," he said in the news release.

Tucker will have a six-month probationary period. During that time, the Select Board can terminate his employment at any time, according the contract. After the probationary period, the board would need to provide written warning 30 days before the effective date of termination.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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