Here are the 3 finalists vying to be the next Adams town administrator

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ADAMS — Three finalists for the town administrator job — two of whom have strong Berkshire ties — are about to start the interview process after search consultant Paradigm Associates presented the list to the Select Board on Wednesday.

The three candidates will go on individual tours of town next week, which will "allow each candidate to interact with town staff and members of the community through a series of meet and greets and brief tours of the facilities," according to Christine Hoyt, member of the Adams Select Board.

The three finalists are:

- Jay Green, former chief administrative officer in North Adams and current president of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and former assistant district attorney for the Berkshire DA's office.

- Steve Neratko serves as director of economic development in East Dover, Vt. He has an extensive background in land planning and once served as mayor and supervisor in Dunkirk, N.Y.

- Jennifer Tabakin is the town manager of Great Barrington. She has previous experience as a senior program manager for the office of the mayor of New York City, and program manager in construction oversight for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Green, who is a district manager for station operations with Amtrak, said in his letter of introduction that he came to the Berkshires in 2006. After working with the DA's office and the city of North Adams, he went into the passenger rail business for Amtrak in New York State.

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"Although I left municipal service for the opportunity to pair an avocation with a vocation, the corporate culture has shifted," Green wrote in his letter. "After working away from the Berkshires for several years, I realize the accomplishments that I am most proud of are those here, at home, especially in my volunteer capacity at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum."

Neratko said in his application letter that his professional experience includes extensive efforts working with local state and federal agencies in a wide variety of projects.

"I have much experience working with developers, municipal officials, government agencies, and the public as a whole to shepherd projects through the development process," he wrote. "Prior to my time as a planner, I worked as a consultant to the engineering industry, with the major focus of my employment being impact and alternatives analysis for the siting of large scale infrastructure and development projects."

In her letter of application, Tabakin noted that she has more than 20 years of public-sector experience.

"Adams is of particular interest to me at this point because of the opportunity to participate in the early start of the master planning process, to focus on the surrounding access to natural resources and the environment, and the long-term financial stability of the town," she wrote. "My background in planning, environmental issues and community economic development, along with my experience in public administration, is a good fit with the needs of the town."

Hoyt said that on the morning of Feb. 16, the Select Board will host formal interviews with each of the three. These interviews will be open to the public. Times will be announced at a later date.

The board will start deliberating on which of the three finalists should be offered the position during their next scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

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


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