Town administrator Shaun Mulholland to leave Allenstown

  • Allenstown town administrator Shaun Mulholland (left) and then-select board member Jeff Gryval wait to greet families at the town’s shelter after a 2014 storm. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Thursday, January 04, 2018

After nearly a quarter-century in Allenstown, town administrator Shaun Mulholland is leaving to take the top spot at city hall in Lebanon.

“I love this town. I’ve been here for 24 years,” Mulholland said Thursday. “This has been a great place to work. But this is a major opportunity.”

Allenstown police Lt. Michael Stark will take over on an interim basis after Mulholland’s departure.

Mulholland’s last full day with the town will be Jan. 13. But he said he’d consult for Allenstown on an as-needed basis at least through town meeting in March.

“Most of it is going to be people calling me and asking questions,” he said, adding that he planned to attend the deliberative session and town meeting.

“Nobody else is simply prepared to do that,” he said.

Mulholland was extended a conditional offer in December as he underwent a final background check and was formally offered the job Thursday.

The Allenstown select board, which had been told in advance he would likely be leaving, has already signed a $7,500 contract with Municipal Resources Inc., a Meredith-based consulting firm, to help recruit and screen candidates to fill Mulholland’s place permanently.

Mulholland said he expected the search to take between four and five months.

Select board member Ryan Carter said Mulholland would be missed.

“He’s been extremely valuable for the town. And he’s worked hard to put the town in a good position for growth,” he said. “His background knowledge and his experience will be missed, but we’ve got a pretty good path forward.”

Mulholland began his tenure in Allenstown as a patrolman in the police department and worked his way up the ranks before being appointed chief in 2006. In 2013, he took over at town hall after then-town administrator Paul Apple left for a new post in North Hampton.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)