LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Paul Sieloff is retiring.
Sieloff told the Board of Selectmen on Monday night that he plans to retire this summer after nearly six years with the town. He said he'll be working on a transition plan to the next manager.
"It has been a great five and a half years. It has been great working with the board," he said.
Sieloff said he is still focused on getting the warrant together for town meeting and closing out some of the projects he has been working on. He's eyeing retirement after town meeting but hasn't set a specific date, saying he'll be around. He hopes to advertise for his replacement this week.
"We'll have a good transition and everything will work out. I'm not going to disappear. I'll be available," he said
Sieloff came to Lanesborough in 2012, after four years in Wellfleet. He had previously worked as a budget analyst with the Albany (N.Y.) County Office of Budget Analysis, as village manager in Northport, N.Y., and in Valley Stream, N.Y. He has a master's in political science with a concentration of state of local government.
He also was the town's first full-time town manager. When Town Administrator Paul Boudreau left after 13 years, the town hired Joseph Kellogg on a part-time basis as it considered making what was then a part-time job into a full-time post. That July, the town meeting approved the full-time position and Sieloff was later hired. The position title was changed to town manager several years later.
In 2015, the Board of Selectmen extended his contract with a new three-year agreement, which would be coming to an end this year.
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police Chief Timothy Sorrell will be retiring after serving five years in the position.
Sorrell was appointed chief in 2015 after serving in the Police Department for 28 years. He started full time in Lanesborough in 1987 as a patrolman. He served as sergeant for 12 years and was a finalist for the chief's position when the town decided to hire Mark Bashara. He then served as an investigator for twelve years under Bashara before getting the spot spot upon his retirement in 2015.
When asked for comment on Sorrell's departure on Monday, the Board of Selectmen said almost in unison, "he will be missed" and they all wished him luck along with Town Manager Kelli Robbins.
The process of finding his replacement was started immediately as the board wasted no time in forming a search committee.
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