Adams to Decide New Treasurer/Tax Collector
ADAMS, Mass. — Voters will decide two races on Monday, including for treasurer/collector.
Melissa McGovern-Wandrei and Kelly Rice are vying to complete the two years left on the term being vacated by retiring Holly Denault.
Originally from Clarksburg, McGovern-Wandrei has been the Clarksburg tax collector, and more recently treasurer/tax collector, for a total of 15 years. She is currently the president of the Berkshire County Treasurer and Collectors Association.
She is a Massachusetts certified treasurer/collector.
"I am experienced," McGovern-Wandrei said. "I know all of the laws, and I have a 95-97 percent collection rate in Clarksburg, which is very good."
McGovern-Wandrei now lives in Adams with her husband, Lenny Wandrei; some of their children have been in the Adams school system.
"Adams is a good place to raise your children, and it is very community orientated," she said. "The people in Adams have been very supportive of me."
McGovern-Wandrei said she is the most qualified person for the job.
"There is a lot to this job, and I think a lot of people think it is just an accounting job," McGovern-Wandrei said. "It takes a certain kind of person to do this job well, and I think that person is me."
Rice is originally from Savoy but has lived in Adams for nearly 30 years.
"I love Adams," she said. "Adams is a small little tight-knit town, and I like it."
Rice said she worked as the cafeteria manager for Hoosac Valley High School for 14 years, taking care of bookkeeping and all deposits and reconciliations.
Rice said she has also worked for the town as the building inspector's administrative assistant. She moved from there to the financial assistant for grants in the Community Development Department.
"I take care of millions of dollars through all of the grants we have had for the past eight years," she said.
Although not certified, Rice said she has learned the proper skills for treasurer/collector position through her involvement in the town government and also has gained a strong work ethic.
Rice said she wants to help Adams.
"I live in the town of Adams, and I need to take care of the town of Adams," she said. "We need to get some revenues back in for all of the leans and takings, and I would be proud to be part of that."
Also on the ballot is a race for a three-year selectmen's seat; candidates for other offices attended a forum last month.
The town election is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at the town garage.