CLARKSBURG -- A finalist in the search for a new Town Administrator has withdrawn his application, according to town officials.

Selectmen initially offered the position to John Sanguinet of Plymouth and hoped he would start by April 15.

But Interim Administrator Debbie Choquette reported on Monday that Sanguinet withdrew his application on Friday after contract negotiations between him and Selectmen failed.

Sanguinet, 54, is also a finalist in Northfield's search for a town administrator, according to an article published last week in the Greenfield Recorder.

Selectmen Chairwoman Lily Kuzia said the disagreement concerned details including sick days and salary.

"We have to go by the town's employee handbook and by the budget, which comes out of town meeting," Kuzia said. "We just could not agree."

The salary range for the full-time position in Clarksburg is between $38,000 and $41,000 and Selectmen had offered Sanguinet $39,500.

Former Town Administrator Thomas Webb, who has held the position since June 2012, retired earlier this month.

Selectmen had planned to meet this afternoon to discuss the position. At press time, it was unclear if the meeting would be held due to member Jeffrey Levanos' having work-related obligations.

Selectmen interviewed three others for the position: Craig Klemans, former Becket Town Administrator; former Selectmen Chairman Carl McKinney, who resigned from the board in late January to apply for the position; and Mark Pruhenski, the health agent for Great Barrington.

Kuzia has said the town will continue to accept applications until the position has been filled and that if Sanguinet declined the offer, Selectmen would be able to revisit other candidates.

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