Adams Select Board picks Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum president as new town administrator

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ADAMS — The Select Board on Wednesday chose as its new town administrator a candidate who has put in plenty of miles in Northern Berkshire over the years, and not just in a car.

With a vote of four in favor and one abstention, the board picked Jay Green, president of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, from a group of three finalists.

Aside from his volunteer scenic railway work, Green is a former chief administrative officer in North Adams and current district manager for station operations with Amtrak in eastern New York state. He also served as assistant district attorney for the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

"I'm excited, I'm humbled and I'm incredibly appreciative of all the support, not just from the board, but from members of the community," Green told The Eagle after the vote. "I like what has been happening in Adams, and I'm ready to roll up my sleeves, dig in and move the Northern Berkshires forward."

The town administrator position has been vacant since the departure of Tony Mazzucco in December 2017.

A previous search was suspended in June, when it was determined that there were not enough viable candidates to forward to the Select Board to choose Mazzucco's successor. So, a new search committee was named and the process started anew.

Meanwhile, Donna Cesan, director of the community development department, has been serving as interim town administrator, community development director and interim public works director, with the help of long-term employees in each department.

The pay scale advertised for the position was "$85,000 +/-" yearly. Mazzucco's pay rate was $89,000 a year, according to town records.

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The nationally advertised opening drew 18 applicants, and the search was aided by Community Paradigm Associates, a personnel search consultant.

The other two of the three final candidates were Steve Neratko, director of economic development in East Dover, Vt., and Jennifer Tabakin, town manager of Great Barrington.

Before voting for a final time, each member of the board expressed deep appreciation to the screening committee and its liaison, Select Board Member Christine Hoyt.

They also expressed admiration for the skills and credentials of all three finalists.

But in the end, Green's skills and experience "tipped the scales," as Select Board member James Bush said.

Select Board member Joseph Nowak nominated Tabakin, but withdrew the nomination when it became apparent there weren't any other votes to support his nomination.

Select Board Chairman John Duval said the next step is to enter contract negotiations to finalize the terms of Green's employment, then schedule his first day on the job.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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