Former Campaign Worker Hired for Temporary Town Post

Kirby Wade is temporarily filling the Executive Assistant to the Town Manager position, after being hired by new Town Manager Kevin Smith.
Wade worked on Smith’s unsuccessful 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.
“I needed someone to fill the position until we could post the position and hire a full-time permanent employee,” Smith said. “I knew Kirby, and her abilities would be what we needed in a pinch until a full-time replacement was found. She has a good transferable skill set.”

Smith said that in his campaign, Wade coordinated events, managed the office and was “great with people.”
According to her resume, Wade coordinated political campaign events for Smith, recruited volunteers, and organized phone banks, sign waves and house parties.
Of her new position, Wade said, “I really enjoy the job. I enjoy meeting and interacting with the residents, and the people who work here in Town Hall have been very welcoming and very helpful.”
Wade said that even though she hasn’t had a job in municipal government before, the skills used in working on campaigns are similar.
“When I worked on Chris Sununu’s campaign, I organized e-mails and schedules and interacted with the public,” Wade said.
According to her resume on the Linkedin network, Wade lists previous positions as campaign manager for Sununu’s successful campaign for Executive Council in 2012, field staff on Smith’s campaign, and field manager for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2012 in Maine. She also worked for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Bernard J. Perry Jr. Foundation.
Smith said more than 150 resumes have been received for the permanent post and he hopes to hire a full-time person for the job by the middle of October. The job will pay between $35,000 and $62,000. Wade is being paid $36,500.
Margo Lapietro, who previously held the executive assistant position, was paid $59,028.52. She had held the position for nine years and was terminated in August.

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