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Lee, Lenox searching for new building commissioner after resignation

Lee Memorial Town Hall

Lee and Lenox are seeking to fill their shared town building commissioner position, after Brenda "BJ" Church resigned from the position Oct. 15.

The Lee/Lenox building commissioner has left her job in Berkshire County to work closer to home.

Brenda “BJ” Church, of Northampton, resigned last week from the shared-services position she has held since August 2016 and has taken the job of building commissioner in Easthampton, according to Lee’s interim town administrator, Christopher Brittain. Former Lee/Lenox building commissioner Donald Fitzgerald will hold the commissioner’s spot until a successor is named.

“The position is currently posted and we’re accepting applicants,” Brittain said in an email.

Church was earning an annual salary of $70,266. The commissioner is a Lenox employee, but the two towns evenly share the salary.

Her departure comes three months after her involvement in removing a variety of political lawn signs in Lee, most notably those stating opposition to a PCB dump. There’s no indication the matter played a role in her departure.

Lee municipal officials apologized for causing “anger” and “harm” for the action. People who had their signs seized were permitted to retrieve them at no cost.

In June 2018, Church had to retract a cease–and–desist letter sent to about 50 Lenox homeowners who were renting their homes through Airbnb and other short-term rental websites.

She said the rentals violated zoning regulations, but the town attorney determined Lenox lacked regulatory oversight of short-term rentals of entire homes.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com.

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