SUDBURY – In hopes to resolve acrimony between each other and with the public, selectmen agreed to hire a mediator to help them work through conflicts.
At a Tuesday night meeting, the board hired Jon Wortmann, of Novel Communications, to host four sessions to teach selectmen to communicate more effectively. The sessions, Wortmann said, will equip board members to understand conflict, deal with it effectively and instate a procedure to engage both with each other and with the community.
The unanimous vote to hire Wortmann comes as a recommendation from the town’s Listening Project, a study on conflict and suggestions on resolving it, which was conducted by the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. The study, requested by the Sudbury Clergy Association, was charged with examining the perceived ill-will in town politics.
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