CLARKSBURG -- The Board of Selectmen chairman has stepped down -- in hopes of stepping up as the new town administrator.
Chairman Carl McKinney said Tuesday that he gave his resignation late last week.
"I know we have a lot on our plate," he said Tuesday. "I think I'm capable, and I think I know the issues that are in front of the town... I think this is the best way I can advocate for the town. And doing this full time, I think this could be a job that I would love."
McKinney, a real estate broker and owner of Stateline Realty, has 11 years experience on the board in addition to two years on the Finance Committee. The Clarksburg native graduated Drury High School in 1980 and North Adams State College in 1985, where he earned a degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and economics, and a minor in political science.
"I didn't make this decision overnight," McKinney said. "I wanted to have a discussion with my sons, my family and my friends, and they've all been very encouraging."
Current town administrator Thomas Webb, who has held the position since June 2012, announced his retirement on Jan. 15. His final day is March 3.
If chosen as Webb's replacement, McKinney would not be able to begin until 30 days after his resignation, according the state's conflict of interest law.
McKinney noted the town is making headway on cleaning up its finances after a Financial Management Review highlighted numerous accounting issues in the town.
"We've addressed them to the best ability in the confines of our budget, but there are more things we need to do," he said.
He added the town faces another challenging budget year, with numerous capital projects, a limited tax base, a significant elderly population on a fixed income, and a recent reduction in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the state-owned forest land.
McKinney said one project hanging over the town's head was the replacement of the Gates Avenue culvert. The Department of Environmental Protection has stated the town must build a temporary bridge, bringing the total cost to $640,000.
"They shouldn't be throwing roadblocks up in our face in order to accomplish tasks the community needs," he said.
McKinney said he would like to remain as the town's representative to the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste District, which he has served on for nine years.
McKinney's resignation leaves the board with two members -- Lily Kuzia and Jeffrey Levanos. Selectmen are scheduled to meet with staff at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall to discuss the town administrator position.
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