Former Newport manager to remain on payroll through Dec. 31

Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg speaks during the joint town and school meeting in White River Junction, Vt., on March 29, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg speaks during the joint town and school meeting in White River Junction, Vt., on March 29, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

By PATRICK O’GRADY

Valley News Correspondent

Published: 07-28-2023 5:16 PM

NEWPORT — Former Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg will receive a little more than $100,000 in total compensation under a separation agreement with the town as part of his resignation in early July.

Interim Town Manager Paul Brown, who is also Newport’s finance director, said Rieseberg will remain on the payroll through Dec. 31, when his contract was set to expire. He will be paid his biweekly salary, which includes retirement, for the remainder of 2023, totaling about $84,000. His accrued vacation time and personal time will equal about $21,000, according to the separation agreement.

“There are no other benefits,” Brown said Thursday.

At the July 10 Selectboard meeting, Board Chairman Barry Connell said the board, meeting in a nonpublic session, voted to accept the “resignation” of Rieseberg but did not provide any additional details. Rieseberg’s resignation was effective immediately, and Brown was appointed interim at the meeting. A search committee has been formed to find a new manager.

Rieseberg’s resignation came following some recent public controversy. He led the town as it navigated disputes with the school district over its lease of the bus barn located at the town’s public works garage and its plans for the Sugar River Valley Regional Tech Center’s new natural science center. The town also is facing a lawsuit from developers who dispute the town’s approach to water and sewer fees.

Other parts of the separation agreement state that Rieseberg will “make himself available for occasional consultation” with the town administration until Jan. 1 and that he is free to obtain other employment.

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Rieseberg, 66, was hired in Newport in 2016 as an interim manager and given the full-time position in December that year. He previously served in administrative capacities in Hartford and several New Hampshire communities.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.