Vice Chairman Tom Dolan said government must keep working and improving, regardless of whether there is a permanent manager at the helm.
“Town business needs to move forward,” Dolan said.
Hart said he received guidance from the town charter and the Town Council, and councilors have trusted and supported his decisions.
Other town councilors, including Tom Freda, agreed, saying Hart communicates well and often.
The application deadline is Friday and, as of late last week, the town had heard from about 25 candidates.
Caron started at an annual salary of $86,500, but was earning $121,000 a year when he resigned.
Councilors expect to pay the new manager between $90,000 and $100,000, Dolan said, but added those numbers could change, based on experience and other qualifications.
Last month, Hart said he wasn’t a candidate for a permanent seat at the desk he now occupies.
“I’m a police chief,” he said in July, “and I am very happy and satisfied to serve the town in that context.”
Last week, he reiterated that he had not applied for the job, but with a little less conviction.
“At this time, I cannot speculate about the future of the position,” he said, “I am focused on current issues.”