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Former assistant assessor Lester Reed moves on

GREENFIELD — The former longtime assistant assessor the mayor replaced two years ago with a company from Plymouth has retired and reached an agreement with the town for $15,000 and a promise that it will improve its handling of outsourcing municipal jobs in the future.

Lester Reed recently retired from the town after an almost two-year battle to get his job back.

Reed has said all along that he had planned to retire in 2013 anyway. He said he would have had 25 years with the town had he worked until his planned retirement.

The agreement Reed and the town signed on Oct. 5 will be finalized on Jan. 2 after a 90-day waiting period. The town promised the union that represented Reed that it would sit with union representatives to improve its process in outsourcing municipal jobs.

Reed, 63, was laid off at the end of January 2011, when Mayor William Martin decided to hire the firm, Mayflower Valuation Ltd., to replace him to save the town money over three years.

It is not yet clear whether the town will save money by having hired Mayflower, because over the past two years, before the recent agreement, the town had to pay Reed’s health insurance, a sick time buyback and unemployment.

“The good people of Greenfield have been really good to me and very supportive,” said Reed.

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