Richmond committee screening candidates for town administrator post

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RICHMOND — Five candidates remain in the running to become Richmond's next town administrator.

A screening committee began the first round of interviews on Tuesday that will conclude on Monday — both conducted in executive session, according to town officials.

"Those interviews may result in shortening the list further, or additional candidates may be invited to be interviewed," interim Town Administrator Peter Fohlin said via email. "The names of the finalists will be revealed when they are forwarded to the Board of Selectmen for their final choice."

The board hopes to interview the finalists and choose a successor to Matthew Kerwood by the end of April. Kerwood left the position in late January, to join the new administration of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer.

In all, 19 people applied for the post, with the seven-member screening committee narrowing the field to five following a pair of meetings in executive sessions the past two weeks, Fohlin said.

The Select Board is seeking a town administrator with a bachelor's degree and at least three years of municipal government know-how. The job was advertised with a salary range of $65,000 to $70,000; Kerwood was earning nearly $71,000 at the time of his resignation.

Two weeks after being sworn into office, Tyer appointed Kerwood — with City Council approval — as the new city finance director, officially beginning his new duties Jan. 27. Kerwood had worked in Richmond for seven years after succeeding Bruce Garlow, who was the municipality's first-ever town administrator from 1988-2009.

Garlow had returned nearly two months ago as the first interim, but has since stepped down due to personal reasons, according to the Richmond e-newsletter posted earlier this month.

A former town administrator in Williamstown, Fohlin replaced Garlow and will likely to stay on until the new permanent town administrator is hired.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233.


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