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Whately admin. bids adieu

WHATELY — After nine years as Whately’s Town Administrator Lynn Sibley has decided to move on.

As of Friday, Sibley will take a new job as Shelburne treasurer. She said she will continue to work as Whately’s town clerk.

“I’m trying to simplify my life a little bit, and it’s just time for a change,” said Sibley of her decision. “I’m trying to get away from all of the night meetings. This opportunity came up, and it sounded good.”

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen discussed how to go about hiring a new administrator and appointed Maryellen Cranston, the town’s municipal secretary, as the interim administrator.

Selectman Paul Newlin said Cranston would be a good fit for the role because of her experience and knowledge of the town’s affairs.

“I’ll do my best to keep things going as best I can around here,” said Cranston.

The selectmen agreed to advertise the position and begin collecting resumes as soon as possible, and said they hope to have the job filled by November. A search committee will be formed to identify candidates at a future meeting, when Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune is present.

The selectmen also discussed the possibility of hiring a consultant familiar with conducting those types of searches.

“I would feel a little uncomfortable making a decision like that without Joyce being here,” said Selectman Jonathan Edwards.

At the end of the discussion, Sibley handed the selectmen a list that she had compiled of tasks that needed to be completed around Town Hall.

“This makes me even sadder that you’re leaving,” said Edwards, upon receiving the list. “You’ve been here all the 10 plus years that I’ve been on the board, and you are most certainly going to be missed.”

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