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Northfield interim admin. hired in R.I.

‘Not going to leave town hanging’

NORTHFIELD — After seven weeks as interim town administrator, Kevin Paicos has taken a job out of state.

Paicos’ first day as full-time town administrator for Jamestown, R.I, will be today. He signed his contract Monday, making it official.

Paicos gave his notice Tuesday to the Northfield Selectboard, and said he plans to continue his two-day schedule in town for four weeks, while working Wednesday through Friday in Rhode Island.

“It’s unfortunate for us, but I guess he got a good offer,” said Selectboard Chairman John Spanbauer.

That offer includes a $105,460 annual salary, plus $200 a month for travel and a $1,000 monthly housing stipend, plus benefits.

Paicos is being paid $43 per hour for a 20-hour week in Northfield, which would work out to about $44,720 annually, without benefits.

A recent retiree, Paicos will also be able to collect his full pension while working full-time out of state.

Collecting a Massachusetts pension means that, if he continued to work in the public sector in the commonwealth, he’d be limited in his income. The state allows its retirees to earn the difference between their pension and their salaries, but reduces pension benefits dollar-for-dollar if earnings exceed that amount.

Working in Rhode Island, Paicos won’t have to worry about earning limits.

Paicos said he will make every effort to remain available to Northfield as it transitions to a permanent administrator.

“I’m not going anywhere anytime soon,” Paicos said in a Tuesday interview. “I’m not going to leave Northfield hanging.”

Should Northfield need him for another week or so, said Paicos, he would be glad to ask the Jamestown town council to allow him to accommodate Northfield.

“If nothing else, I’ll be available to help Northfield on nights or weekends, or take a vacation day (from Jamestown) to help,” Paicos said.

He said he will use his remaining time in town to wrap up ongoing projects, and to continue to give guidance on revisions proposed for the town administrator position.

Paicos’ four weeks’ notice will put him just two weeks shy of his initial 13-week Northfield contract.

The town hired him in hopes that Paicos would be around to help transition the town to a new full-time administrator. His contract included a provision for extension if needed.

The Selectboard Tuesday voted to dispense with advertising the interim position, since a search was conducted in August. Instead, they will call runner-up Joseph Kellogg and see if he is still interested in the interim position.

Kellogg is the retired town administrator of Sandisfield, and has served as administrator of several other Massachusetts towns in his three-decade career.

If Kellogg is still interested in the job, the Selectboard will begin to negotiate a contract with him.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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