ADAMS, Mass. — The search for a town administrator is back on more than a year after the last administrator left.
The Selectmen on Wednesday voted to reform the Town Administrator Search Committee and have it begin reviewing applications immediately.
"If the screening committee is passed as presented, their work could begin as early as tomorrow as the application deadline has passed in December," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said. "The consultant does have applications they would like to send out to the screening committee."
The town has been without a permanent leader since Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco left in November 2017. Officials have relied on Director of Community Development Donna Cesan to hold down the fort as in the interim
The search for a new administrator had kicked off in early 2018 but the original iteration of the committee was not satisfied with the candidate pool. Because of this, the search process was discontinued.
This past fall, the Selectmen voted to hire consultants Community Paradigm Associates to help with the town administrator search.
The committee will be one member less than it was in the spring with members Teresa Daignault and George Haddad stepping down. Town Clerk Haley Meczywor will join Paul Goyette, teacher and former fire chief; Jeff Grandchamp, attorney and former search committee member; and Leah Thompson, director of development at Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School.
Hoyt said interviews will begin next week after candidates are narrowed down. She said the committee's finalists will go before the selectmen for interviews.
She said they hope to offer someone the job in February.
In other business, the Selectmen approved additional transfer station summer hours from May 1 to Sept. 15.
"People were disappointed that we did not offer extended summer hours so we have been trying to advance that," Cesan said.
The additional day would be Thursdays from 3 to 7.
The selectmen tabled a decision to add a temporary sticker option at the transfer station until they have a clearer view of the transfer station's budget.
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The late Adams fire chief decided to throw a turkey dinner for any senior citizen able to show up on the first Wednesday in December. All the fixings, no charge, no questions asked. All run by himself and his fellow firefighters.
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