The Select Board interviewed finalists Lisa Blackmer, treasurer/tax collector in the town of Buckland, and Rebecca Stone, town administrator in Otis, and plan to pick one of the two Wednesday to replace former Town Administrator Carl McKinney who resigned in May.
The town of Clarksburg will begin the search for a new town administrator within the next week but the Select Board is keeping an option to hire for two part-time positions: a town administrator and a grant writer.
The town has been without a permanent town administrator for more than a year. A first posting for the position failed to attract enough qualified candidates and the job was put on hold and reposted at the beginning of this year.
Three candidates for town administrator are being brought forward for interviews with the Board of Selectmen later this month: Jay Green, an attorney and former North Adams administrative officer; Steve Neratko, who works in economic development for the town of Dover, Vt., and Greaty Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin.
Late last year, in response to the explosion in short-term rentals because of the success of online services like Airbnb and VRBO, the Legislature passed a regulatory regime that was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.
The two selectman were unanimous on Tuesday in voting to hire Edmund St. John IV as the interim town administrator for four months. The agreement puts behind the discord that occurred over who to hire for the post, at least for the time being.
The town's two selectmen continued to butt heads during a contentious meeting Tuesday over the town administrator post. Two weeks ago, they couldn't agree on one of the preferred candidates and this week could not agree on a temporary replacement.
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.