Details released for new Hartford town manager’s contract

Staff Report
Published: 1/12/2021 9:58:46 PM
Modified: 1/12/2021 9:58:44 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The incoming Hartford Town Manager will be paid $115,000 a year, according to her contract, which the town released Monday.

Tracy Yarlott-Davis, who begins her term on Feb. 15, will also receive four weeks of paid vacation a year and $7,500 in moving fees as she, her wife and their son leave her hometown of Oakland, Calif. to relocate to Hartford, the contract said. In addition to salary and benefits, the town will give Yarlott-Davis a car or reimburse her for mileage.

The three-year contract also states that Yarlott-Davis will be subject to an evaluation 90 days after she takes office, and each year after that. Selectboard members will review her evaluations yearly.

Selectboard members announced that they had tapped Yarlott-Davis as the next town manager at a virtual board meeting in late December. Yarlott-Davis, an auditor for the city of Berkeley, Calif., and former auditor for Oakland, Calif., was unanimously selected by both a town manager search committee and by the Hartford Selectboard, according to board chair Dan Fraser.

Her appointment ends a long search for a town manager, which started in the summer. Former Town Manager Brannon Godfrey, who was hired in February 2019 with a salary of $130,000, announced his resignation last spring following disagreements with the board.

He officially stepped down Aug. 1 and was replaced by an interim town manager who then left in October.

Former interim town manager in Claremont John MacLean took over as the board finalized its searched for a permanent replacement.

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