Canaan hires new town administrator from Vermont


Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 09-14-2022 1:12 AM

CANAAN — Canaan has hired a new town administrator to replace longtime leader Mike Samson.

Ned Connell, previously an administrator in Coventry, Vt., will begin his new role on Oct. 3, the Selectboard announced at its Sept. 6 meeting. Samson’s last day will be Oct. 28.

“Ned used to live in Canaan,” Selectboard chairman Scott Borthwick said in a recording of the meeting. “He’s got a lot of experience.”

Connell is listed on the town of Coventry’s website as town administrator. An employee who answered the phone at Coventry’s town office Tuesday said Connell had not worked there since March, when his one-year contract was not renewed.

Samson has served as Canaan’s town administrator since 2010. In January, Samson, who is in early 70s, announced his plans to retire by the end of the year.

Connell virtually attended the Sept. 6 Selectboard meeting, and board member Stephen Freese said Connell would likely be at other town meetings in the coming weeks.

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“He’s agreed to jump in as much as possible, so he’s hitting the ground running,” Freese said.

Freese also thanked the members of the administrator search committee, who reviewed 48 applications before putting forth a few applicants to the Selectboard.

“The three of us felt Ned was the best fit for our community,” Selectboard member Dan Collins said.

Connell said he appreciated the vote of confidence from the board.

“I hope to make Canaan proud and prosperous through my service,” he said.

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