ADAMS -- Town Administrator Jonathan Butler has announced that he will not seek a reappointment when his contract expires in 2015.
Butler, who was appointed to his first three-year term in 2009, notified the Board of Selectmen in a letter on Wednesday that he will leave the post when his contract expires next June. The Cheshire native wrote that he hoped the year of notice will allow the board time to find a suitable replacement.
The announcement comes after consultation with friends and family, Butler said. He said that while he has no definite plans, he'll be seeking private employment elsewhere in the region.
"[I] would love find work more specifically focused on economic development.," Butler said in an interview with the Eagle. "My passion has always been to help make the Berkshires more viable for future generations and I hope to continue working in positions that are consistent with that goal."
During his tenure, Butler has supported projects such as the renovation to Hoosac Valley Middle and High School, new work at the Greylock Glen property, and plans for a Berkshire Scenic Railway between Adams and North Adams.
Butler also oversaw the installation of a 1.1-megawatt solar installation at the town's former landfill, the renovation and repurposing of the Adams Visitors Center, and subsequent revitalizing of the town's council on aging.
"I care very deeply about all of the projects and initiatives that we've done, and it's hard to pick just a few," Butler said. "Each are important in their own way."
Butler also said he worked to create a better culture in town government, encouraging staff to be creative and working with department heads to improve the town.
"My greatest concern is that whomever comes in next can remain positive and upbeat about the potential of this community and can continue to help encourage a willingness to take chances and think big in town," Butler said.
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