Brewster Town Administrator Michael Embury has submitted his resignation, according to a press statement signed by Select Board Chair Cynthia Bingham. The full statement appers below.
Brewster Administrator Michael Embury has submitted his resignation, and the Brewster Select Board will be voting and possibly signing the separation contract Monday night, 6/18. At this time technically the Town and Mr. Embury have a tentative agreement. If the separation contract is accepted by the board it will become effective 6/12/18.
The Select Board will identify an interim town administrator in the near future and will begin a search for a permanent replacement for Mr. Embury.
As this is a personnel matter, the Select Board will not be commenting any further.
Prior to 2016 when Mr. Embury accepted the Town Administrator position in Brewster, Embury served as Town Manager in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Embury replaced Charles Sumner who had served as Brewster’s Town Administrator for 29 years
This has been an difficult spring for Mr. Embury with an outside audit finding that questioned the accounting practices being followed to reconcile spending and revenues to the town's general ledger. He was further challenged when he engaged an outside contractor to deploy an interim finance director while the current director is out on sick leave. Some feel the town administrator may have exceeded his authority by engaging the firm without working through the town procurement officer.