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New Tourism Director Samantha Talora introduced herself to the board and discussed the development of the new visitor website.

Adams Ratifies Two New Police Officers

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
06:52PM / Monday, June 09, 2014
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Brenna Dorr and Colby Clark were ratified by the Selectmen as full-time patrolmen. They have complete the reserve academy and will attend the state academy in the fall.

ADAMS, Mass. Two new officers have been added to the police force.

The Selectmen last week ratified Brenna Dorr and Colby Clark as full-time patrolmen in advance of their academy training.

The town had been unable to fill two vacant positions on the force for some time because of the lengthy civil service process.

Dorr has been in the police reserves for two years and Clark has been in the reserves for a year. They have both completed their reserve training and will be sent to the academy in August.

"I am not easily impressed,…and these two young people highly impress me," Police Chief Richard Tarsa told the board. "…I think very highly of these two, and they are going to be a tremendous asset not only to the force, but to the town of Adams; I look forward to working with them for many years."

The new officers were one of several personnel issues the board took up during its meeting on Wednesday.

New Tourism Director Samantha Talora officially introduced herself to the board. She discussed the development of the new visitor website, which is in its testing phases and should be running live this fall.

"It's going to work like a chamber website does," Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said. "It's not about government services; it's about what is going on in town."

The board also announced its town administrator transition plan as it searches for a replacement for Butler, who will leave by the end of his contract next year.

The board plans to hire someone internally to shadow Butler so if he leaves the position early, someone is ready to work fill in the interim. If an internal candidate cannot be found, an the board will hire from outside.

Butler said he is in conversation with a few department heads about shadowing him and acting as the interim town administrator. He will have some candidates for the Board of Selectmen by the end of this week

The board also announced the makeup of the town administrator search committee. The committee will have seven members and is open to anyone. Those interested can send a cover letter to Town Hall or an email explaining why they would like to be on the committee and why they are qualified. The selectmen will close the openings Wednesday, June 11.

The search committee will meet and discuss how they will proceed with the search, advertising, and the interview process. Chairman Arthur "Skip" Harrington said volunteers must be able dedicate a large amount of time to the committee.

Butler said that there is an opening in the Cemetery Commission that was left unfilled from the last election. The commission requested that the board fill the open position until the next election. The selectmen asked that anyone interested send in a cover letter and a resume explaining why they are qualified for the appointed position.

The board is also in the process of conducting interviews for a new Department of Public Works director.


Tags: Adams Police,   appointments,   DPW,   town administrator,   

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