Lanesborough Town Administrator Announces Resignation

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Administrator Joshua Lang is leaving town less than a year after taking post. 

Lang will be relocating back to Pennsylvania in September but will stay on remotely until his replacement can be found. 

He has been town administrator since December 2021. He was a county commissioner in Pennsylvania's Bedford County when he applied for the position to replace Kelli Robbins, who left in June after three years with the town. 

According to a press release from the town, he will be joining his wife, Makayla, who is now working in Pennsylvania as a county administrator. Her hiring as the town's administrative assistant earlier this year had prompted Open Meeting Law complaints when residents learned the two were engaged and that the Select Board had not been open about the hiring. 

The couple were married in July. 

Lang will continue to work in the office until Sept. 12, after which he will work remotely from Pennsylvania until the town finds a replacement and will also work in the office in person one week per month.

"God and family are my top priorities," said Lang in the statement.

Lang said he and his team had several accomplishments, including obtaining a full staff complement, improving wages to address retention, updating town policies and procedures, implementing new innovative technology to improve organizational processes, securing new grants, implementing a town strategic plan, hosting regular department head meetings, updating town equipment, securing a temporary police station, and implementing a town training program.

Additionally, the town is working toward revamping the website to improve outreach and communication. Another project is selecting a solar firm to lease property from the town.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished together, the relationships I have built, and the positive workplace culture we have created," wrote Lang. "As a leader I feel strongly the team will continue to build on the accomplishments and foster an excellence workplace culture. I am thankful for the Town of Lanesborough, my fellow employees and the Select Board for this opportunity."

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