ADAMS -- The town will look to appoint an interim town administrator next week now that Jonathan Butler will leave the full-time post at the end of August.

Butler, the town administrator since 2009, will become president and CEO of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 2.

The Board of Selectmen is expected to appoint a department head for the interim replacement at its meeting on Wednesday, July 2. Pending the board’s support, the department head will continue to fulfill his or her current duties while shadowing Butler a few hours a week, Butler said on Wednesday.

When Butler leaves on Sept. 2, the department head would officially take over as interim administrator.

"I don’t expect it to be anything that’s going to be too extensive," Butler said. "Our department heads understand how town business works."

Butler had already signaled his intent to leave the town administrator’s post by July 1, 2015.

Meanwhile, the board will get the ball rolling on its search for a permanent replacement. It is expected to have finalized a seven-member search committee on July 2. Fourteen people expressed interest in participating in the search process.

The committee will meet through the summer when possible and hopefully bring three or four candidates before Selectmen by November or December, according to Chairman Arthur Harrington. The board will then publicly interview the candidates and vote on a new administrator.


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To be optimistic, Harrington said, the Selectmen could have a permanent administrator selected by the beginning of 2015.

In the interim, Harrington said he’s "not really that concerned," stating that Butler’s short-term replacement will not only keep the town in order but "moving forward."

Butler echoed that confidence, saying the town’s "strong staff" will be more than capable of stepping in.

"I think the town will be in good hands moving forward," Butler said.