Tuesday September 11, 2012

LANESBOROUGH -- For five years, Paul Seiloff has started his week with a five hour, 250-mile trip from his suburban home in Albany, N.Y. to his job on Cape Cod.

Seiloff would arrive on Monday for work as the Wellfleet town administrator, stay the week in an apartment, and return to New York by Saturday, spending the weekend with his wife.

Next month, Seiloff will shorten his commute to a daily one-hour, 45-mile trek to Lanesborough, where he will serve as the community’s first-ever, full-time town administrator.

"Travel was a very big factor in applying for the position," he said in a phone interview from Wellfleet Town Hall. "My wife and I had been talking about me working closer to home, so I was amazed how this job suddenly popped up."

On Monday night, the Board of Selectmen formally hired Seiloff, unanimously agreeing to a three-year contract with the veteran municipal official. He will earn an annual salary of $70,000. Board members believe Seiloff will be worth the highest end of the $60,000 to $70,000 salary range they had advertised for the position.

"We believe his worth to the town will be more than $70,000," said Selectman Bob Barton.

Board Chairman John Goerlach noted Seiloff’s track record of bringing additional funds to communities he’s served.

"Getting grants is a big thing that he does as he has experience in that," Goerlach said.

While Seiloff’s last work day in Wellfleet is Sept.


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26, he won’t officially arrive in Lanesborough until Oct. 29. He said the month off will allow him to attend to several family commitments, as well as begin an informal transition with interim Town Administrator Joseph Kellogg.

The Selectmen two weeks ago chose Seiloff over two other finalists, who were among the 41 applicants to have final interviews with the board in late August.

Seiloff replaces Paul Boudreau, who resigned in March. Boudreau left for a job with Berkshire County Arc.

A search committee spent two weeks sifting through the resumes, whittling the list down to six semi-finalists before making a recommendation to the Selectmen.

Seiloff, 55, has been Wellfleet’s town administrator since 2007. A licensed attorney in New York state, he also has several years of municipal government experience in New York, including budget analyst for Albany County.

Seiloff feels he can help the town move forward as its inaugural full-time town administrator.

"The Selectmen are very interested in the future of Lanesborough," he said. "I believe it’s important to have a partnership between the Selectmen and administrator."

Following Boudreau’s resignation, the Selectmen formed a special management study committee that determined the town needed a full-time administrator who could assume more responsibilities. Boudreau left Town Hall averaging a 28-hour week.

A special town meeting last month 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.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.