BECKET -- Two people with experience as elected officials have been chosen as finalists to replace former Becket Town Administrator Craig Kleman.
Lisa Blackmer, of North Adams, and Edward Gibson, of West Springfield were picked out of a pool of 21 candidates by the five-person Selectman Screening Committee. The two candidates will be interviewed at 7 p.m on April 10 in the Becket Room.
"We feel either one would do a great year," said interim Town Administrator Joseph Kellogg, who assisted in the selection of the candidates.
Kleman was paid about $51,500 annually with health benefits.
The Board of Selectmen though have expressed support for increasing the salary for the next town administrator.
Kleman had expressed interest in returning as town administrator following the end of his appointment, but a majority of Selectmen did not support an extension because of poor relationships he had with some town hall employees.
The Selectmen Screening Committee winnowed down the finalists from a pool of 21. Kellogg, who was hired as an interim replacement in January, said the committee would have preferred to provide a third candidate to the Selectmen, but could not identify a qualified applicant.
Both candidates are from Western Massachusetts. Blackmer is the vice president of the North Adams City Council. She has worked as the human resource manager at Wheatleigh Hotel since 2012.
She worked as the director of finance and administration for the Pittsfield Colonials in 2011 and vice president of marketing and finance for the North Adams SteepleCats in 2008.
Gibson was the town mayor for West Springfield from 2000 to January 2012. He was an acquisition analyst from 1997 to 2000 in Hartford, Connecticut, for health insurance provider Aetna.
He worked as the manager for West Side Hardware from 1978 to 1997.
The new applicant would be expected to hold the position long-term.
Becket has been through two full-time town administrators since 2009.
Former Town Administrator Richard Furlong served as town administrator from 1995 through 2009.
Kleman and former Town Administrator Tony Blair have served in the last four years, along with two interim town administrators.
Selectwoman Jeanne Pryor has previously stated the board is looking for stability and would consider starting over with the town administrator selection process if it was not satisfied with the applicants.