By Beth David, Editor
The Acushnet Selectboard met on Friday, 1/21, with one item on the open meeting agenda, and two executive session items. The main item was to discuss appointing an inerim Town Administrator.
At the last meeting on 1/14, the board had been ready to negotiate terms of a contract with Richard Lafond to appoint him to the position. However, Mr. Lafond withdrew from the negotiations to take another position in another part of the state.
At the 1/21 meeting, Selectboard Chairperson David Desroches said they had interviewed a number of people in December for the Interim Town Administrator position.
He noted that James F. Kelley was in the room and that they would be convening in executive session to discuss the position with him.
The board also had a second executive session item: An Open Meeting Law complaint filed against the Selectboard by Patrick Higgins dated 12/19/21.
The board did not reconvene in open session on 1/21. It is scheduled to meet on 1/26.
The agenda for that meeting has an item to appoint an Interim Town Administrator, although no name is listed. There is no executive session listed for that meeting.
Mr. Kelley has extensive experience in Human Resources, and has been acting Town Administrator in Millbury, and was a finalist in Carver, which started their search over due to a shortage of finalists.
The board also noted that the town has a number of volunteer positions available on a variety of committees. Visit https://www.acushnet.ma.us/home/pages/volunteer-opportunities for a list of vacancies, or contact the Selectboard’s office, 508-998-0200 x4200. The town also has a vacancy for a town moderator, who is responsible for running the annual town meeting in May.
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