Saturday July 7, 2012

LANESBOROUGH -- The town could have a new, "stronger" town administrator by as early as September.

The Selectmen are expected to sign off Monday on a search for a full-time town administrator who would take on more financial and personnel duties than are currently overseen by the position.

The town administrator in Lanesborough currently works 70 percent of a 40-hour week.

"If there’s someone that shines, they could have someone on board in September," said interim town administrator Joseph Kellogg.

Lanesborough has been reassessing its management structure since Paul Boudreau stepped down in March after serving as town administrator for 13 years.

A special committee that studied the town’s management structure concluded that Lanesborough does not need to hire a town manager -- a more powerful, professional position that tends to require a higher salary. However, the panel recommended that the next town administrator be full-time and "stronger" by being more fully in charge of personnel and financial matters.

Selectman Bob Barton, who sat on the special committee, said the position will become stronger largely by virtue of being full-time.

"A fair amount of what we’re looking for was in the job description of the town administrator [already]," Bar ton said. But "with less than three-quarters time, Paul Boudreau was not able to cover every piece of that assignment.


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The three Selectmen will vote on the committee’s recommendation Monday. Bar ton said he expects it to pass "resoundingly."

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