CLARKSBURG -- Selectmen have offered the town administrator position to Carl McKinney, the former Select Board chairman who resigned this winter to apply for the job.

"Carl knows the town better than anyone, in my opinion," Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Levanos said.

The board voted 2-1 to offer McKinney the job to succeed former town Administrator Thomas Webb, who retired in February.

Levanos said McKinney would receive a salary of $38,000 and begin in the first or second week of August.

McKinney, a real estate broker and owner of Stateline Realty, has 11 years of experience on the board, and also has served for 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. He also attended Northborough schools in his youth.

McKinney said he was "honored and humbled" to receive the offer.

On his list of items to tackle include clearing up record-keeping issues that have plagued the town, addressing failing infrastructure and increasing revenues.

"Clearly any dollars we can get would be a good thing," he said. "We're very close to Proposition 2 1/2 right now."

He also spoke in addressing the aging school, which was built in 1955 and is in need of updates, he said.

The town of 1,700 has been without a full-time administrator since Webb left.

McKinney, then acting as chairman, resigned to apply for the position. But the search for a new administrator stalled when the board's two remaining members, Levanos and former Selectwoman Lily Kuzia, could not agree on a candidate.

The process began again after the town's election, in which Linda Reardon and William Schrade Jr. were elected. Selectmen re-advertised the position and received six new responses, Levanos said.

On Wednesday, the board interviewed McKinney as well as David Fierro. Fierro, who was recently appointed the town's accountant, also serves as the auditor for North Adams.

"Nothing really jumped out at us other than Carl and Dave," Levanos said.

He said the board felt Fierro was a strong candidate.

"He's knowledgeable and seems like he would be a good leader," he said. "He knows just about everything there is about accounting."

Levanos said he and Reardon both thought McKinney's institutional knowledge would benefit the town moving forward. Schrade, though, stuck by Fierro.

Levanos said he felt the town would have "the best of both worlds" with McKinney as administrator and Fierro as accountant.

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