The Berkshire Eagle  reports winners of next month's special election will participate in the hiring process for the town's new highway superintendent.

The current three-person Select Board on Tuesday agreed to wait for the two newest members before reviewing applications, conducting interviews and choosing a successor to Blair Crane, who announced last week that he is resigning effective Aug. 2, after two years on the job.

The majority of the board didn't hesitate at its weekly meeting in hiring Carole Hilderbrand as the Council on Aging's new coordinator. Town officials hope Hilderbrand, the Select Board's part-time administrative assistant, can help better promote COA services and senior center activities to the community's elderly residents.

Since Town Administrator Ed St. John IV and the three selectmen are developing a job description for the road boss position and an interim superintendent is in the works, the board felt it could afford to briefly put on hold hiring Crane's permanent replacement.


Two current selectmen said Tuesday they want a well-rounded highway superintendent.

Chairman Robert Ciskowski is leaning toward a road boss who is hands on, working side by side with the laborers when necessary.

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