Meetings are held remotely. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch.
Thursday, Jan. 7
- Town Manager Search Committee, 5 p.m.
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11
- Select Board, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12
- Human Services Committee, 5 p.m.
- Licensing Board, 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 14
- Planning Board, 6:30 p.m.
As of Jan. 4, Provincetown had six active cases of Covid-19, 58 total cases, and one death, according to the town’s website.
Cop Becomes Clerk
A Provincetown police officer will be taking on a whole new beat. Emmett Catanese, a local officer since 2012, is the new town clerk. He begins on Jan. 11.
Catanese, who declined to be interviewed, will earn a starting salary of $71,369, which is just a few dollars away from his current police officer’s salary, said Charlie Sumner, the acting town manager.
Catanese was the civil rights officer for the Provincetown Police Dept. Prior to coming to Provincetown, Catanese worked for the Dept. of Homeland Security at the Philadelphia International Airport, Sumner said.
He takes over from Philip Gaudet, who held the job for just three months and left on Sept. 25. Before Gaudet, Darlene Van Alstyne was the clerk for three years until April, when she became the administrative assistant for the superintendent of the Provincetown Schools.
Over 100 Applicants for Town Manager
The town manager search committee will meet in executive session on Thursday, Jan. 7 to review 118 applicants for the town manager’s job.
The committee will narrow down the list and then begin to make decisions on finalists to recommend to the select board. The meetings are kept private out of courtesy to applicants. Their names are revealed only when the top finalists have agreed to public interviews.
The town has had some bad luck with town managers. The last one, Robin Craver, resigned in July after being in the job for only six months.
The search committee is keeping an open mind this time and searching for nontraditional candidates, who may not have much experience as municipal leaders, but may nonetheless be a good fit for Provincetown, said Rick Murray, chair of the search committee.