Want a voice in choosing Hartford's next town manager? Here's your chance
As they search for a replacement for outgoing Town Manager Leo Pullar, Hartford officials want some help from the community.
The town is inviting people to complete a survey that will help identify the major issues and priorities of the town and its villages, information that could help identify the qualities of a successful new leader.
"We would like help from members of our community in identifying the major challenges and issues that the next manager will likely face. Citizen feedback will help our committee and its consultant focus on the type of skills, capabilities and attitudes that will best serve the Hartford community for the foreseeable future," the town said in a statement.
"We ask that Hartford citizens complete this survey, link below, to share opinions about the needs of the community and also provide thoughts and ideas regarding the most important issues and opportunities to focus on in the selection process.
"We encourage citizens to take the survey online, but they are welcome to turn in the hardcopy at the Town Manager’s Office."
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Pullar announced plans to retire in the fall, ending his tenure after a little more than two years to deal with cancer.
"I have been humbled by the support of you and the community as I worked through my cancer treatment," he said in a public statement in June. "Although the disease has remained at bay, the recovering has been slow. That recovery, combined with the physically debilitating effects of my service in the military, has led me to feel that I am unable to perform at a level that I believe you, the citizens of the town, and the great staff deserve."
Pullar, a West Point graduate and Army colonel, was hired in 2016 to replace longtime town chief Hunter Rieseberg. In addition to accomplishments in such matters as managing the budget and promoting economic development, Pullar has been credited with bringing a humane, transparent touch to town government.