CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Selectmen will interview two candidates on Wednesday night for the town administrator post, including a returning applicant.
The board will interview David Fierro Jr. at 6:05 p.m. and Carl McKinney at 6:45 p.m. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m.
The town has been without an administrator for nearly five months after the retirement of Thomas Webb in early February. The lack of a full-time administrative leader has exacerbated the the town's budgeting struggles and left a number of its operating procedures adrift. Other employees have added some of the administrator's responsibilities to their own duties over the past months.
McKinney, former Selectmen chairman, stepped down from his post earlier this year to apply for the job. A real estate agent, he also has a background in finance, working in the budget office of the former Northern Berkshire Healthcare for 18 years, and a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He was interviewed as one of four finalists in the first round of applicants in March. When the board's first choice withdrew, McKinney's name was in still in the mix, but the Selectmen Chairwoman Lily Kuzia and Jeffrey Levanos could not agree on a second choice.
The decision was made to put off further discussion after the town's annual election, which brought two new members to the board after Kuzia determined not to run. Levanos, who championed McKinney's application, is now chairman of the board.
The job was readvertised in June in hopes of soliciting fresh candidates and applications have been continued to be accepted until the post is filled.
Fierro is the newest applicant for the job. Currently auditor for the city of North Adams, he is the town's accountant, and has a bachelor's degree in accounting.
The town administrator post has been advertised at $38,000 to $41,000 a year.