2005-10-27 / News

Sundlun doesn’t get Coventry’s town manager job

Sundlun doesn’t get Coventry’s town manager job

Coventry has declined to hire former state Governor Bruce Sundlun of Jamestown as its town manager because he does not have academic degrees required by its town charter.

Sundlun applied for that job after the Jamestown Town Administrator Search Committee eliminated Sundlun as a candidate for unspecified reasons.

A Coventry ruling specified that Sundlun does not have degrees in business and public administration, as required by its charter, even though the 85-year-old Sundlun served two terms as governor, leading the state through a major credit union crisis in the early 1990s, and holds a Harvard University law degree. He is also a decorated World War II veteran, and has operated major businesses as part of his career. He continues to teach at the University of Rhode Island.

The Jamestown committee is expected to recommend top candidates from among 53 applications, possibly for a Town Council decision in mid-November.

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