Friday July 13, 2012

LEE -- The dean of Berk shire County's town administrators/managers is staying where he is in Lee.

Town Administrator Robert Nason has signed a new 3-year contract with the Board of Selectmen, which will keep him in his current position at Town Hall through June 30, 2015.

The board approved the agreement this week, retroactive to July 1, the start of the current fiscal year. The contract includes a 2 percent pay raise -- the same increase union and non-union town employees received beginning on July 1. Nason's annual salary for fiscal 2013 is $83,357.

"It has certainly been great serving Lee, through the Board of Selectmen," Nason said. "I appreciate their vote of confidence."

Originally hired in March 1998, Nason is the most senior town administrator/manager still holding the same position in Berkshire County. He was hired a year ahead of Lenox Town Manager Greg ory Federspiel who recently inked a new 3-year deal with that town's Board of Select men to stay where he is.

The Lee selectmen say they are pleased with Nason's job performance, especially when it comes to managing the town's finances.

"He does a wonderful job keeping tabs on our spending," said board chairwoman, Patricia Carlino. "He treats the town budget like his own budget."

Nason also communicates well with the board, according to Selectman David Consolati.

"Bob is very accommodating; when we need to know something, he'll get us the answers," Consolati said.

Nason, 66, has spent 36 years in public service. He worked for two state agencies and local housing authorities in Melrose and Chelsea, before coming to Lee 14 years ago. This is the longest public service job that Nason has had in his career, and said his stint in Lee remains professionally rewarding and challenging.

"One great aspect of this job is there is a new experience to deal with every day," he said. "I always seem to find something exciting and challenging in my position."

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