Milford administrator leaving for Rocky Hill, Conn.

MILFORD – Town Administrator Guy Scaife is leaving Milford for a similar job in Rocky Hill, Conn.

Scaife, who started a two-week vacation Aug. 22, said he will spend one more week in Milford prior to his last day, Sept. 12, and after that will help out by phone.

Selectmen meet in non-pubic session Monday and will be posting the position immediately, Chairman Gary Daniels said Tuesday.

Police Chief Michael Viola is the “point person” while Scaife is on vacation, and there will be no interim manager, he said.

The board will take over Scaife’s responsibilities, and issues and complaints that go to the police chief after that will be passed on to Daniels as board chairman, he said.

Rocky Hill is between Hartford and New Haven, Conn., with a population of about 20,000, making it about a quarter larger than Milford.

Scaife, however, said the town has a much larger daytime population than Milford, with a lot of high tech manufacturing and other businesses.

“It’s an outstanding career opportunity,” he said in a phone interview Friday. “It’s a good move for me and for my family.”

According to the Hartford Courant, Scaife was chosen by the Rocky Hill Town Council from among five finalists following a national search.

He will begin his new job the third week of September.

The newspaper quoted Rocky Hill Mayor Henry Vasel calling Scaife “decisive,” and bringing a strong background in computers and telecommunications to the position.

Scaife, he said, was chosen from five finalists who had been culled from 30 applicants.

Scaife, 64, came to Milford in the fall of 2006, taking over from Town Manager Katie Chambers. A town administrator has more authority than a town manager and can reorganize departments, for example, and replace department heads.

The change came during a time when the board was accused of being too heavily involved in the day-to-day running of town departments.

During his tenure some people considered Scaife’s manner brusque. After he fired his administrative assistant last year she complained publicly of “aggressive tones” and “condescending behavior,” Selectmen rejected her appeal to get her job back.

Scaife worked as the town administrator in Lisbon, N.H., before to moving to Milford. Before entering the public sector, he was employed as vice president of customer operations for Teloquent Services and vice president of worldwide customer service for Octel Messaging, then a division of Lucent BCS.

He was born and raised in Alabama, graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in industrial management.

Two years ago he was named to the 13-member New Hampshire Retirement Board, and also sits on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Municipal Association.

The two-week vacation was planned months ago, Scaife said. He and his wife, Roxanne, will be spending time in North Carolina with their oldest son who has returned from military service in Afghanistan.

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Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@