Southampton’s search for town administrator down to 4

  • The Southampton Select Board will interview the four finalists for town administrator onThursday afternoon. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Friday, November 03, 2017

SOUTHAMPTON — The search is narrowing for a new town administrator, with four finalists set to be interviewed by the Select Board on Thursday.

The board will interview Mari-Jon Adams, community development administrator of Greenfield; Steven Boudreau, administrative coordinator for Petersham; Edward J. Gibson, town administrator of Becket; and Robert Peirent, former department of public works director of East Longmeadow.

Six of the 12 applicants were interviewed by a search committee, which narrowed the field down to the four finalists, the committee’s chairwoman, Vicki Moro, told the Select Board on Oct. 17.

Thursday’s session will start at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The board will narrow the four picks down to two candidates on Monday, Nov. 13.

The town’s fiscal 2018 budget lists the town administrator’s salary as $80,000, which is about a 37 percent increase from the $58,262 annual salary received by the last administrator, Heather Budrewicz. Town officials said they increased the salary to bring in more competition for the position, as well as more qualified candidates.

Interim town administrator Robert Markel has been serving since November 2016. Budrewicz left the post after two years to be the town administrator in Ashburnham.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.