iBerkshires.com reports the withdrawal of a favored town administrator candidate and the threatened resignation of one of the two remaining selectmen if he was hired has town officials wondering how to move forward.

Selectwoman Carol Francesconi on Tuesday night read a letter from town administrator applicant Edmund St. John IV stating that he would like to withdraw his name.

Last week the board was split between their two top candidates out of three: Francesconi wanted to hire St. John while Selectman Robert Ciskowski favored Thomas Spiro, the former program coordinator at Elms College's Greenfield campus and town administrative aide in Conway.

St. John stated in his letter that after receiving feedback about the board's discussions, he decided to step away.

Ciskowski then pulled a letter from his own pocket that stated his resignation as a selectman. He said he was willing to vote in favor of St. John but would not remain on the board.

The letter stated that he felt pressure to hire St. John and that he would not work well with him.



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