Lanesborough Picks Finalist For Town Secretary Job

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The Board of Selectmen are offering the job of town secretary to Diane Stevens.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen have picked a new town secretary.
The Selectmen agreed to offer Diane Stevens the newly expanded secretary position. Current Secretary Carmella Scarselletta is retiring and town meeting approved expanding the hours to 34 a week to broaden the role.
Stevens will be asked to start a transition of the position to hold more of an administrative role. The position is listed as 'town secretary/executive assistant.'
"I strongly support Diane. She stated that she is not looking to go anywhere else and wants to stay in town and stay in the position," said Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach last week when the board interviewed the two finalists. "It is a position we'd want someone to stay in for a long time."
Stevens currently works for United Cerebral Palsy, working alongside the executive director. In just the last few months she said she has been able to reel in more than $25,000 in grant funding.
"It is nice to be able to write a grant and somebody gives you money based on what you said," she told the Selectmen. 
Prior to that she worked 16 years in district court, overseeing records. For 10 of those years she was the administrative assistant.
"All the references came back extraordinary. Her work in the courts, we thought, was a very unique thing," said Town Administrator Paul Sieloff, mentioning a particular project she headed to sort old records that had been filling up the court's basement.
Stevens' focus on details and organizational skills are coupled with her experience with dealing with the public "at their worst." She says she hopes to be informative and friendly with the public.
Stevens lives in town, which Sieloff said is a "cherry on top" because her resume has the skills and experience for the job anyway.
"I have a very vested interest in the things that go on around town," Stevens said.
She has two kids in the town's school system and says the job is one she would certainly be looking to stay at for a long time.
"As far as I am concerned, if I get the position this is where I will stay,"  Stevens said.
The position is treated "like a department head," according to Sieloff. Many of the town's records, bills and documents come across the secretary's desk. Eventually, Sieloff is hoping to grow that position even more to take on more and more administrative duties.
Stevens was one of two finalists for the position. Housatonic resident Michelle Laubert interviewed for the position but days later withdrew her application.
"They are both strong candidates," Sieloff said.
The Board of Selectmen voted to hire Stevens on Monday and by next week the Selectmen will know if Stevens had come to terms with the town for it. The town hopes to bring a new secretary soon to work with Scarselletta before her final day.
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