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Conway hires new town administrator

CONWAY — After 11 weeks without one, Conway has found its new town administrator.

The development director of Community Health Center of Franklin County, Amanda Majewski-Winn, 27, of Bernardston will serve as the town’s most long-awaited employee. She’ll start the $50,000 salaried 37.5 hours a week job on April 8.

The Selectboard unanimously voted to hire Majewski-Winn Monday night.

Majewski-Winn sees her new job as a chance to work in the public sector again.

She previously worked as the town administrative assistant for Pelham. From 2009 to 2011, she worked as the executive assistant for Greenfield Mayor William Martin — experience that attracted the search committee. After working for the mayor, Majewski-Winn tried her hand in the nonprofit sector at the Community Health Center based in Greenfield.

“The position in Conway only comes up once in a great while,” Majewski-Winn said. “I wanted to take the opportunity while it was there. I worked in the public sector and left to try something different. But my heart is in municipal government. Conway seems like a perfect match.”

The hiring of Majewski-Winn is a fresh start for Conway.

On Jan. 7, the former town administrator, Edward MacDonald, resigned 47 days after starting the job.

The Selectboard later discovered MacDonald had never quit his job as administrator in Chester — a promise he made when he accepted the position in the fall.

In February, MacDonald slapped his former bosses with a lawsuit alleging they violated the state Open Meeting law and demanding a payout of $14,301 in wages and benefits MacDonald claims he’s owed. The Attorney General’s office is still investigating the allegation.

Unlike her predecessor, Majewski-Winn said the Conway job will be her only job.

“I plan to stay for a long time. I have ties to the community,” she said.

Majewski-Winn is a 2006 graduate of Greenfield Community College. Originally of Sunderland, Majewski-Winn attended Frontier Regional School. She is married to Greenfield Fire Chief Michael Winn.

From the start of the search process, Majewski-Winn was a favorite among the search committee.

“She’s a great candidate. She has a great personality and seems very talented,” said Heather Rose, chair of the Personnel Committee and member of the search team. “I’m confident she’s a right fit for the town.”

Majewski-Winn beat 17 applicants for the job, five of whom were interviewed by two search committee sub-committees.

The search committee — made up of Rose, Selectmen Rick Bean, Jim Moore and John O’Rourke, Finance Committee member Andrea Llamas and Town Treasurer Jan Warner — split into two groups and held two preliminary screening interviews. The committee created sub-groups to avoid having to publicly announce candidate names.

Majewski-Winn will have to hit the ground running.

The town has been without any administrative help for two months in the height of the budget season.

She also comes in the middle of the town’s big debate on the best use of the Rose property off Shelburne Falls Road — a fate that has perplexed the town since it received it in 2006.

The town will also move to hire an administrative aide to handle clerical duties. The town has held off on the position until it hired an administrator.

“I think there will be a lot of work, but together we’ll figure it out,” Majewski-Winn said.

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

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