Greenfield Housing Authority executive director retiring

  • Greenfield Housing Authority Executive Director Daniel Finn is preparing to retire after six years in the role, and 15 total years with the organization. Staff Photo/ZACK DeLUCA

Staff Writer
Published: 1/23/2020 5:50:16 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Housing Authority’s Executive Director Daniel Finn is retiring after six years in the role, and 15 total years with the organization.

Finn’s official retirement date is set for April 23. The Housing Authority expects to have applications for executive director candidates by mid-February.

“I am going to miss the people I work with,” Finn said, sitting in his office in January. “But, it’s time for me to do something different.”

Finn, 66, was born and raised in Greenfield and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1972. He later attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Colorado Mountain College and Greenfield Community College.

He went on to work with his family’s insurance agency, William T. Finn Insurance Inc. in Greenfield, and as the property manager at the Greenfield Garden Apartments. He spent time garnering experience as a property and casualty insurance agent, and as a local real estate appraiser. After five years as an assistant property manager with Maloney Properties of Wellesley, Finn joined the Greenfield Housing Authority in 2004 as the director of leased housing.

During his tenure, Finn moved into various positions within the Greenfield Housing Authority. He went on to work as the public housing manager and assistant executive director before landing in the executive director position in 2014.

Finn humbly credited much of the Greenfield Housing Authority’s accomplishments to his fellow employees. He said he was happy to retain the department’s staff throughout his tenure, many of whom have worked there for years. While he’s feeling nostalgic about his co-workers, he is looking forward to retiring — at least briefly.

“I’m going to take the summer off, then figure something out,” Finn said, noting he’s looking forward to having more time to play golf.

Finn has also been active in many local organizations, holding elected positions like past president of the Rotary Club of Franklin County and the Independent Insurance Agents of Franklin County.

Application information

During a special meeting at 1 Elm Terrace earlier this month, Greenfield Housing Authority members discussed the hiring process to replace Finn. The board hopes to have a possible candidate in mind after the application closing date of Feb. 24. A full evaluation process is still being developed in anticipation of receiving applications.

According to an advertisement for the position, the organization is seeking a candidate with “six years’ experience in the field of housing management, community development, public administration or a closely related field. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree in a related field is desired.” The candidate “must have a working knowledge of fiscal management, maintenance systems, personnel and administrative management systems in private or public housing.”

One year’s supervisory experience of a staff of seven or more is also required. Candidates must be bondable and pass a criminal history background check. They also must have or be prepared to obtain a certification as a public housing manager from a Department of Housing and Urban Development approved organization.

The salary range for this position is between $109,797 and $125,797 depending upon experience and education, and subject to approval from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the salary range for the executive director’s position.




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