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Conway to revisit assistant position

CONWAY — On Monday, the Board of Selectmen will once again revisit the option of having an assistant to the town administrator.

The topic is listed on the Monday night draft agenda to open up a discussion, Board of Selectmen Chairman John O’Rourke said.

“We’re starting a dialogue. We’re exploring this with the town administrator,” O’Rourke said.

Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson has been on the job for about six months — a period O’Rourke said is sufficient to learn how the job and the town work and whether an assistant is necessary.

The Board of Selectmen has visited the idea several times in the past.

Last May, the board asked voters to approve $9,360 for a 12-hours-per-week clerical aide, but residents nixed the idea.

The previous proposed position would have been responsible for taking meeting minutes, updating the town website and filing paperwork.

The town office has been stable since Hutcheson came on as full-time administrator in August. Prior to Hutcheson, the town office operations were jarred when two administrators quickly came and went.

In November 2012, the town hired Edward MacDonald for the job, but he left after 47 days amid controversy. The board discovered MacDonald had continued to hold another administrator position in the town of Chester, violating his contract agreement with the town. The town later hired Amanda Majewski-Winn for the position after more than two months without anyone in the job. Majewski-Winn resigned her position shortly after to move with her family to Cape Cod.

The board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Offices.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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