With North Adams' clerk set to retire, City Council to convene ad hoc committee on the position's future

NORTH ADAMS — With the clerk planning to retire, the City Council has begun looking ahead to finding her replacement.

Council President Keith Bona last week said the council will form an ad hoc committee to begin to discuss the future of the position.

"We need to put some thought into the process of what's going to happen with that position," said Bona, who raised the issue at a recent City Council meeting.

City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau, who has served since 2003, plans to retire at the end of the year. Gomeau replaced longtime former City Clerk MaryAnn Abuisi in 2003 on an interim basis before taking on the position full-time.

Unlike most City Hall positions, which are appointed by the mayor, the clerk is appointed by the City Council. The salary for the position is set at $53,019 in the budget for fiscal 2019.

"We may need to discuss what's going to be required to fill that," Bona said. "There's training involved."

Councilor Benjamin Lamb asked whether there was a specific timeline established.

"This is fairly new," Bona said. "Hopefully within a month we'll start the process."

Councilor Wayne Wilkinson noted the position will be a topic of discussion in the council's Finance Committee meetings and as it continues to review Mayor Thomas Bernard's proposed budget for fiscal 2019.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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