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 Institutes Health Protocols, Keeps Town Meeting on June 9
By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town has implemented a series of protocols intended to keep residents safe and comfortable attending the annual town meeting on Tuesday.
At Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Kelli Robbins laid out the procedures the town has in place for the annual gathering at Lanesborough Elementary School.
She said the protocols have the backing of Town Moderator Chris Dodig, who last week joined the Selectmen's virtual meeting and questioned whether it might make sense to postpone the meeting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and learn from other towns who hold their meetings first.
Robbins said she met with the Dodig earlier in the day on Wednesday.