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Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 03-20-2023 4:36 AM

FAIRLEE — Fairlee is on the hunt for a new town administrator.

Tad Nunez, who has led the town for five years, is planning to retire on Aug. 17. Nunez, who spent close to 30 years as Hartford’s recreation director, informed the Selectboard of his decision in September.

“My wife and I… she has 40 years of teaching I will have 42 years of municipal management, we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this April and we decided this was a good time to retire,” Nunez said during a phone interview Friday morning. “This was a family decision and a Fairlee family decision.”

Nunez’s wife, Bette Nunez, has been a kindergarten teacher at Thetford Elementary School for more than 30 years. Nunez, who will turn 67 in April, said he would make himself available to the town to help with the transition.

“We’ve got some major projects that depending on the transition and the aptitude of the person who comes in, that I’d be willing to help,” he said. “That includes infrastructure as well as our Lake Morey cyanobacteria concerns.”

There are two major projects that are in the works in downtown Fairlee along Main Street, which is also Route 5: One involving stormwater mitigation and another that will add crosswalks and sidewalks. Nunez is also in the process of securing a grant for wetland work in the Fairlee Town Forest.

The Nunezes won’t be going far — they plan on moving to Piermont.

One thing for certain is that Nunez will continue to stay active in the greater Upper Valley community.

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Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.