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Precinct 2 councilor resigns

Precinct 2 Town Councilor Keith Zaltzberg. Submitted photo

Precinct 2 Town Councilor Keith Zaltzberg. Submitted photo

GREENFIELD — Precinct 2 Town Councilor Keith Zaltzberg, who is also the council’s treasurer, has resigned from the position he has held for the past year and a half.

Zaltzberg, who was elected to the position in June 2012, said he resigned because he no longer lives in Precinct 2.

He could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Town Council President Mark Wisnewski said he has begun his search for Zaltzberg’s replacement and hopes that he or she will be sitting on the council by its mid-January meeting.

“I’ll accept letters of interest until Dec. 23,” said Wisnewski. “I’ll review all applications and do interviews and make my decision in early January.”

Wisnewski said he will choose the “most qualified” candidate for the position.

Candidates must live in Precinct 2 (northern and eastern ends of town). Zaltzberg lived on Lovers Lane.

“I’d like to have someone who is dedicated and willing to run again in June,” said Wisnewski.

The person who is appointed to the seat will have to run again in June for a one-year term, which would finish Zaltzberg’s three-year term. That ends June 30, 2015.

Zaltzberg has been quite active on the council, serving this year as its Appointments and Ordinances Committee chairman.

He had most recently worked with Precinct 5 Councilor David Singer and Greenfield resident and Native American activist Howard Clark on an ordinance that would protect Native burial grounds, including the 10 acres on French King Highway adjacent to the land where a big box department store is planned.

All letters of interest should be sent to Town Council President Mark Wisnewski, c/o Town Clerk’s Office, 14 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301.

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