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Adams Selectmen to Fill Long Vacant DPW Position

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen are positioned to finally hire a permanent Department of Public Works director next week after interviewing three finalists.
 
The board on Tuesday interviewed finalist candidates Paul Markland of North Adams, Robert Tober of the Boston area, and Michael Salem of Virginia. The Selectmen plan to convene Tuesday, Dec. 3, to make their decision.
 
"All three are qualified and motivated to become the town's next DPW Director," Town Administrator Jay Green said Wednesday in an email exchange. "It will be a difficult decision for the Board."
 
The minimum qualifications require a bachelor's degree in a relevant field — civil engineer, public administration, engineering or management — and five years of progressive responsibility in public works, operations, construction, facility management or a combination of experience and education. The personnel subcommittee also expanded the position to consider public buildings.
 
The subcommittee's recommendation was also to cast a wider net for applicants for the competitive position.
 
The town has been without a permanent director since Joe Bettis resigned in 2015. Deputy Director David Nuvallie held the position until his retirement in 2018. Since then Operations Supervisor Tim Kota took on day-to-day operations while Community Development Director Donna Cesan handled the more administrative duties — while she was also filling in as interim town administrator. 
 
The DPW post had been left empty largely because the town didn't have a full-time town administrator for a year until Green was hired this past February.
 
The board on Tuesday held public interviews of Tober, Salem and Markland, in that order.
 
Tober is a facilities management administrator for Caritas Communities of Boston, a nonprofit that provides housing and property management to support low-income individuals. 
 
Salem is a supervisor for the Virginia Department of Transportation in Petersburg.
 
Markland is director of North Adams Department of Public Works and has been with the city for more than a decade.
 
Green said according to town charter the selectmen are responsible for hiring the director, which they plan to do next week.
 
"The board is grateful for the candidates' interest in this critical position and will undertake deliberations next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Selectman's meeting room at Town Hall," Green said.
 
 

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Adams' Fallen Heroes Project Finds A Sponsor

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The "Banners for Fallen Heroes" project has found a sponsor. 
 
The project, which will honor Adams' servicemen and -women killed while serving the country with a banner hanging from utility poles through downtown, caught the eye of Adams Community Bank and it has stepped up to cover the associated costs.
 
"This is a no-brainer for our hometown. We know there will be some press obviously but we're not looking for that. This was something that was just right to do," said President and CEO Charlie O'Brien at this week's Fallen Heroes committee meeting. "These people have served our country so well, so nobly. Once we got some of the details everything just fell into place. It was something we had to do. We're happy and honored to be part of this project."
 
Selectman James Bush is part of the group and had trouble believing what he was hearing when he got the call from Senior Vice President of Lending Maureen Baran.
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