Dario explained that she wanted to return to the Berkshires after spending much of her career abroad. Despite not having municipal experience in the state, Dario pointed to her public service in Australia's elections as valuable work experience for the role.
Those candidates will be finalized after the Town Manager Search Committee meets in executive session on Thursday to finalize a list of people to be interviewed by the Select Board on Friday and Saturday.
Shortly after interviewing a fourth candidate for the vacant post, Danielle Luchi and Jeffrey Levanos agreed that McKinney's experience is the best fit for a town looking to return to normalcy after a summer and fall of turnover and turmoil.
At the end of Wednesday's interview, Lang said he was grateful that the board invited him to visit the town in person. He said being considered as one of the finalists for the position meant a lot to him.
The separation agreement approved by the Select Board on Wednesday morning covers six months of the year left on Stone's three-year contract plus her sick time and covers her health insurance into November.
Frustrations over the financial quagmire in the treasurer's office boiled over on Wednesday when Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher took the town administrator to task and she walked out of the meeting.
The Town Administrator Search Committee has been soliciting feedback from residents through an anonymous survey and received some unexpected results.
On Friday, the committee discussed three themes of concern that were identified in the responses: communication and transparency, taxes and finances, and personnel concerns.
The committee advising the Select Board on the selection of the next town manager is launching a multi-front effort to gather input from the community about its priorities for the next occupant of the corner office at Town Hall.
The search committee, which includes two members of the five-person Select Board, reviewed a draft job posting and draft survey questions compiled by GovHR, the head-hunting firm employed by the Select Board to guide the search process.
The board discussed at its regular meeting Tuesday the results of the town meeting earlier this week. Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi said that Monday's town meeting brought "amazing news with the approval of the town administrator position."
The finalists interviewed were Kathleen Degnan, former Pittsfield city solicitor; Alicia Fonash-Willett, assistant town clerk and information technology coordinator for the town of Durham, Conn., and Jennifer Morse, the current town administrator in Ashfield.