NEW ASHFORD -- Town officials are searching for candidates for a new accountant and treasurer.
Selectman Kenneth McInerney said Thursday that the board is seeking a replacement for the current town accountant, Bruce Durwin.
"On July 1, we received a letter from Durwin announcing is retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2013," he said.
Durwin will continue until the end of the year, he added.
The part-time position for a certified public accountant is between five and 10 hours a week, McInerney said, and much of the work can be done primarily from home. He estimated the accountant would need to attend two to three Board of Selectmen meetings a year, as well as the annual town meeting in the spring.
McInerney said that the search for a CPA has been ongoing since the summer.
"I've called all the neighboring towns, and it's hard to come by," he said.
The town is also seeking a treasurer, McInerney said. The current treasurer, Bette Phelps, will stay on until the position is filled, he added.
"I understand it's maybe two to three hours a week, and much of the work can be done at home," he said.
McInerney said he hopes the board will be able to fill the positions by the third week in November.
"If we have a CPA come to us, it's sort of plug-and-play, and they know what to do," he said.
The town also has openings on boards and committees, including one open spot on the Conservation Commission, McInerney said.
McInerney represents the town in six positions, including chairman of the Conservation Commission, the WiredWest initiative, and the School Committee.
"Our town has gotten into the position where people are wearing many hats," McInerney said. "We need some help."
Anyone interested in the accountant, treasurer, or positions on government boards can contact McInerney at 413-458-4470 or kjmciner
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