LANESBOROUGH -- A search committee next week will begin reviewing the applications for the revamped town administrator’s job town officials hope to fill in September.
The committee, through the Board of Selectmen, has received 27 resumes from people seeking to replace Paul Boudreau, who resigned in March. Boudreau left for a job with Berkshire County ARC.
On Monday, the search panel will start to narrow the list of applicants, sending invitations for interviews to those they feel are viable candidates for the position, according to Selectman Bob Barton.
"It’s a pretty interesting pool of applicants," said Barton, a committee member. "We have some with town administrator experience and some bright, young people with good business sense."
He added that the selectmen hope to hire one of the finalists by the end of August and have that person under contract, ready to work, next month.
The town is seeking its first-ever full-time administrator to replace Boudreau, who averaged a 28-hour week. A specialty town meeting Tuesday supported a full-timer by approving a $19,000 increase in the town administrator’s paycheck, so the selectmen could offer the new hire an annual salary between $60,000 and $70,000. Boudreau was earning nearly $48,000 a year when he ended his 13-year stint in Lanesborough.
"We’re big enough where we need a full-time administrator, but we can’t compete [in terms of salary]
A special town management study committee formed after Boudreau resigned concluded Lanesborough didn’t need to hire a town manager -- a more powerful, professional position that usually commands higher pay. Instead, the panel recommended the next town administrator should be full-time and have more responsibility.
"We’re looking for a higher level of output from the new administrator, but in what areas is impossible to project right now," Barton said.
The study panel did recommend the new town administrator be more fully in charge of the town’s personnel and financial matters.