The two members of the Board of Selectmen asked candidates Edmund St. John IV, Marion Carr, and Thomas Spiro a set of questions. The each were given a half hour to answer and some questions were asked to all three while others were candidate specific.
After whittling down a list of nine applicants, the Selectmen announced the three final candidates Tuesday who will receive final interviews: attorney Edmund St. John IV, Marian Carr of Berkshire County Head Start and Thomas Spiro of Elms College.
The board voted last Wednesday after an executive session to negotiate a contract not to exceed $10,000 with the Plymouth nonprofit that will aid the town with its so far unsuccessful town administrator search process.
Police Chief Timothy Sorrell is willing to shrink the size of the cruiser fleet, as long as newer vehicles are purchased.
Sorrell has pitched the Board of Selectmen a concept of eliminating two cruisers in exchange for purchasing newer versions. Overall, the department would reduce from six cruisers to four - but the four would be newer.
During Monday's annual town meeting, the 104 present members out 150 passed the bulk of the 25 articles in the first few minutes of the meeting that lasted just over an hour. However, they pumped the brakes on Article 6, the town administrator salary, which narrowly passed with 17 votes.
The board felt no need to go to a second round of interviews Thursday evening and after interviewing two more candidates voted to hire Robbins, the executive secretary for the town of Holland, after about 15 minutes of debate.
It was at her college graduation some 20 years ago when Stacy Parsons was recruited to work in town government.
She became the conservation agent and has been involved in a number of town government functions. Now she is the executive director at Head Start and she's looking to become the town's next town administrator.
Kelli Robbins, the executive secretary in Holland, used a vacation day to prepare and then drive to her interview for the open Lanesborough town administrator position.
And by 10 a.m. she went to the Holland town hall to work. She describes herself as someone who will likely die at her work desk.
A vote to approve the town administrator's personal services budget failed with a 1-9 vote because a majority of the committee felt the $95,000 salary cap for the town administrator's salary was out of line.
The 3-1 vote on Wednesday was prompted by a request by one member of the Finance Committee to deflate the town administrator's salary line item from $95,000 to $80,000 because the member feared the capped salary would only limit the hiring process.
Town Manager Paul Sieloff is retiring.
Sieloff told the Board of Selectmen Monday night that he plans to retire this summer after five and a half years with the town. He said he'll be working on a transition plan to the next manager.
The Selectmen's personnel subcommittee has started to outline the town administrator search process and agreed it wants more selectmen involvement.
The personnel subcommittee met with interim Town Administrator and Director of Community Development Donna Cesan on Thursday to discuss the town's next move in finding a new administrator.
In a special session called to wrap up the body's annual review, Town Manager Jason Hoch was complimented for his management style, innovation and continuing to keep the town on a solid financial footing.
Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town.
The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.