PARIS — Selectmen on Monday signed a renegotiated contract for Town Manger Amy Bernard, extending the agreement for a year and a half to June 30, 2016.

Selectmen conducted an extensive evaluation on Bernard’s performance in the past year during executive sessions at meetings that stretched over a month and a half.

The Rumford native was hired by the board in November 2012 and began work the next month.

Chairman Bob Kirchherr said the new contract did not include a pay raise or an increase in vacation time, but included some minor language changes, and the addition of two new education activities Bernard may participate in.

Putting a June, rather than December, end date on Bernard’s contract allows the town to bring in a new town manager at the beginning of a new budget cycle if Bernard decides to step down, and gives the new manager time to come up to speed with the town’s finances, Selectman Robert Wessels said.

Last June, selectmen granted Bernard a $6,000 pay increase, bringing her annual salary to $59,000, and increased her vacation time to four weeks per year.

At the time, selectmen said the pay and vacation levels were brought up to be on par with the salary earned by former Town Manager Phil Tarr, who departed in summer 2012.


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