Ronald Goldman, who has served as the president of the Lawrence civic association, has been tapped to be the Village of Lawrence’s new administrator.
The Lawrence Board of Trustees on Thursday opted to not renew the term of former administrator David Smollett, who was appointed in 2009 and had been criticized publicly by board members over the past year. Instead, the board voted to appoint Goldman, who had previously served as the village’s attorney.
“He brings to the village a unique skill set of administrative capability, compassion and keen insight,” said Lawrence Mayor Martin Oliner of Goldman.
Goldman said he is looking forward to doing “good stuff” in his new position.
According to Oliner, Smollett decided to retire. Smollett could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the Lawrence board also replaced Village Attorney A. Thomas Levin with Peter Bee, who has served as labor counsel to the village.
Trustee Michael Fragin, who abstained from voting on the appointments, said he had not been told of the appointments in advance.“I don’t think this is the way to go about making personnel moves for any position,” he told Patch. “There was no planning done. It just happened instantaneously. We didn’t review resumes and interview candidates.” (Fragin expands his thoughts in a blog on Patch.)