Williamsburg Select Board taps Pittsfield councilor for admin post

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Published: 4/28/2021 9:03:52 PM

WILLIAMSBURG – The Select Board has voted to offer the town administrator’s job to Nicholas Caccamo, a Pittsfield city councilor who is completing a degree in public policy and planning.

While Caccamo doesn’t have town administrator experience, Select Board Chairman William Sayre expressed faith in his ability to learn the job.

“I think he’ll be able to learn the culture, gain the experience,” said Sayre. “I’m banking on that he’ll be able to learn those ropes pretty quickly.”

The unanimous vote took place at the Select Board’s Wednesday morning meeting. During discussion, Select Board Member Denise Banister expressed an initial preference for Town Clerk Brenda Lessard, although she said Caccamo was her second choice. However, Banister ended up voting with the majority.

The other finalist was Carl McKinney, the former town administrator of Clarksburg. The finalists were picked from a group of seven people who applied for the position.

The Select Board is scheduled to meet Thursday at 9 a.m. to discuss Caccamo’s potential contract.

Caccamo has been a city councilor representing Pittsfield’s Ward 3 since 2014. He’s also in the joint master’s program of public policy and regional planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is in his final semester.

“I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity,” said Caccamo in an interview. “It does feel good to be recognized for my years of service.”

Caccamo is not seeking re-election, but he said in an interview he intends to finish his term. He said what excites him the most about becoming town administrator is being responsive to the community, applying some of the lessons he’s learned as a city councilor and in graduate school and creating a government that’s “reflective of the town’s values.”

“I’m someone that really thinks that government can serve the community well,” he said.

Caccamo said when he was commuting to UMass he would regularly get coffee at the Elbow Room. But he acknowledged he doesn’t know much about Williamsburg past Route 9, although he’s excited to dig deeper.

“I’m here to learn,” he said.

If Caccamo takes the job he will be replacing Town Administrator Charlene Nardi, who has held the job since 2011. Nardi is leaving her position in May to take a job as Northampton’s next finance director.

“The job has been characterized by how good Charlene is at it,” said Sayre, at Wednesday’s meeting.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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