ADAMS, Mass. — The town has hired Pittsfield's former police chief as executive director of the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center.
Michael Wynn will begin his new role on Monday, Jan. 22.
The Board of Selectmen ratified his appointment on Wednesday night with Chair Christine Hoyt calling it "an exciting moment" in the long awaited development of the glen.
Wynn thanked the board for the opportunity.
"I'd also like to say that I'm really looking forward to this," he said. "I understand the significance of this project to the town of Adams and to the greater region, both economically and culturally."
Town Administrator Jay Green said the posting — the first position created for the glen — attracted a dozen applicants of whom six were interviewed. Wynn was selected from the final four.
"The success of this project not only in Adams but also the region was choosing the person to take on these critical duties," he read from his letter of recommendation. "Our focus was on demonstrating the ability to execute tasks work collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve mission success, and the ability to adapt to the circumstances."
Wynn seemed the best prepared to take in the task, Green continued, noting his management of the 120-person police department and its $12 million budget and his understanding "the role government has in fostering a vibrant and attractive community."
The Williams College graduate has also served on a wide range of boards including for the Berkshire Community College Foundation, Norman Rockwell Museum, Boys and Girls Club, Berkshire United Way, among others
He said later he'd been doing some consulting over the past months and had been searching for a more permanent position.
"This one came across my computer and I looked at it and it was kind of intriguing," he said. "I've got good memories of the glen from when I was a Boy Scout. ...
"It's touch points with things that I'm passionate about. It's community service, education and training. But also it gets me a chance to return to some stuff that I've had to ignore for the last 30 years."
That would be spending time in the outdoors hiking and backpacking and snow shoeing.
His wife thought it an amazing opportunity he said, and it will allow him to introduce his two young sons to the types of Audubon experiences he had as a child. (Mass Audubon is in charge of programming at the glen.)
Wynn said he was ready to get away from policing and that the latter years of career have been more about management and grants — more in line with what he'll be doing at the outdoor center than law enforcement.
"We're fortunate to have you and your experience especially with leadership," said Selectman John Duval. "This is a very important project to us. You already know that."
Wynn's salary is $88,577 and he will report directly to the town administrator. The funding for the position was included in the fiscal 2024 budget. A superintendent of buildings and grounds is also being hired.
The outdoor center is expected to open later this year and the camping facility within the next couple of years. The town is developing about 50 acres of the 1,000-acre glen as a recreational and educational hub.
"Mike is uniquely equipped with the skills, experience and enthusiasm to be part of our team that is dedicated to achieving the vision for the Greylock Glen that our community has long awaited," said Green.
In other business, Town Clerk Haley Meczywor reminded residents to complete and return their town census. It can be mailed back to the clerk's office or dropped at the office or in the dropbox outside Town Hall. The office will also take the information over phone.
She also noted that the presidential primaries will be held on March 5 and that citizens should check their registration and can vote by mail, early in the office by Saturday, Feb. 24, and during the election. These same options will be available for the annual town election.
"You'll be seeing me talk a lot about elections this year," Meczywor said.
• The board held a public hearing on a nuisance dog named Sully.
His owners had been advised back in the fall to take a number of actions including training, installing a kennel, obtaining insurance and neutering the animal. These had not been completed by the board's last meeting.
Police Chief K. Scott Kelley said had forwarded documents showing that the owners were making attempts to comply with all the orders, with the last being a date for neutering on Feb. 23 at Berkshire Veterinary Hospital. He believed the couple were making a good faith effort and had no issues with them keeping the dog.
This incident had been a learning curve for everyone, the chief said, adding that there would be a certified police officer assigned with the animal control officer in the future for such situations to ensure things go smoothly.
Board members asked what would be the end step in the process. Green said if the board isn't happy with compliance it becomes a criminal complaint.
The board voted a motion by Selectman Richard Blanchard to send a letter to the owners of the dog requesting proof after the dog had been neutered.
• New Veterans Agent Mitchell Keil introduced himself to the board. Keil was hired in North Adams in December and acts has the veterans agent in a shared service agreement with a number of other towns including Adams. His hours will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Adams for now but is available by appointment. He is currently obtaining his state and federal accreditation. Green said the veterans office will move to the Council on Aging later this month or early in February.
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Adams May Use Centennial Celebration Funds for Historical Preservation
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass.— The town will consider tapping leftover funds from the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration to preserve historic buildings and landmarks.
During a selectmen's meeting on Feb. 21, the selectmen discussed possible uses for the nearly $80,000 left over from the now-dissolved Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee.
The conversation came about after Community Development Director Eammon Coughlin requested $5,000 to fill out a $30,000 matching grant from Mass Historic to develop a preservation plan for the Quaker Meeting House.
Selectman Joseph Nowak, a former member of the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee, suggested tapping the Centennial Celebration fund, if possible.
"Susan B. Anthony and the Quaker Meeting House go hand in hand in my opinion," he said.
Plans for a town-wide, celebration marking Susan B. Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment go back to 2017. The Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee was formed soon after to organize a yearlong celebration in 2020.
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