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Hadley names new building commissioner

  • Hadley Town Hall  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Thomas F. Quinlan Jr.  TOWN OF SOUTHAMPTON

Staff Writer
Published: 4/6/2020 1:33:40 PM

HADLEY — A town resident who has worked as the Southampton building inspector since 2014 has been selected as Hadley’s next building inspector.

The Select Board voted unanimously Thursday to offer the position to Thomas Quinlan Jr., who would take over for longtime building commissioner Timothy Neyhart.

Neyhart announced last September that he would be retiring from the position April 16 after 31 years handling inspections and zoning enforcement for the town.

Quinlan, who has been an alternate inspector in Hadley, and Kyle Scott, Deerfield’s building inspector and previously a building inspector and certified building commissioner in Northampton, were the finalists interviewed for the opening. 

“We have somebody that’s qualified, that knows our town, that wants to better the town,” said Select Board member Joyce Chunglo. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t go in that direction.”

“Overall I feel he’s well qualified and answered all the questions we had for him reasonably well,” Board Chairman Christian Stanley said.

Board member John Waskiewicz said Quinlan appeared to be a better fit for the town.

Quinlan said his goals over the next three to five years would be to launch online permitting, have more detailed cover sheets for permits, maintain efficiency and continue to offer the same professionalism homeowners, builders and developers have come to expect.

“I’d love to work for a place I grew up in and graduated high school and continue to live,” Quinlan said.

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic likely to slow permitting, Quinlan said Hadley typically has been much busier than Southampton in terms of construction and renovation. 

Board member Molly Keegan said though both candidates could do the job, she was hoping the hiring could be an opportunity for improvement in management and operational efficiency of the inspections department.

Stanley agreed that he would have liked to have someone who could offer novel approaches to the position, but that Quinlan would be able to hit the ground running.

If other changes could happen with inspections, Chunglo said this could come from better direction and guidelines from the Select Board.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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