Duxbury’s transition to its new town manager, René Read, took a large step forward this week with the final approval of his contract. On Monday, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to execute and sign a sevenpage contract to employ Read as the next town manager. He signed the contract at the selectmen’s meeting and will begin May 13.

“We believe we have a fair contract for him,” said Selectmen chairman David Madigan.

The contract is for a little over three years; it runs from May 13, 2013 until June 30, 2016. It has an automatic renewal for an additional year unless either Read or the town offers written objection to this extension. Under the terms of the contract, Read will be paid $130,000 per year and will also be entitled to benefits under the Duxbury personnel plan. A merit-based performance review of his work will take place annually.

The contract states that the town will review and evaluate Read’s performance in writing annually before July 1 and the evaluation will be based on the goals and objectives developed jointly between the selectmen and the town manager.

As town manager, Read will be expected to be “on duty and available 24 hours a day,” according to the contract, but his office hours will follow those of Town Hall. He will also be required to attend board of selectmen’s meetings, town meetings and other meetings as needed.

Selectmen joked with Read that since he lives in Duxbury, he’ll never be far away from being on call.

Read, who lives on Franklin Street, agreed saying: “Well, my wife just signed my son up for t-ball, so you can find me at t-ball Saturday mornings.”

As town manager, Read will be entitled to 20 vacation days and three personal days a year. His sick leave is governed by the personnel plan. He will receive a computer, printer, cell phone and other equipment and will be reimbursed for professional development courses and jobrelated expenses.