Town Administrator to start in February

📸 Andrew Golas selfie from his Twitter account, @AndrewMGolas

CHARLTON — After failing to come to terms on a contract with their first choice, selectmen have successfully negotiated with Andrew Golas to serve as the next town administrator.

In a press release issued on Thursday, selectmen announced they have “reached an agreement with Andrew which was formally approved” at a meeting on Tuesday. While terms of the contract were not released, selectmen anticipate Golas will officially start on February 3.

Golas confirmed the agreement in a tweet on Thursday afternoon:

Golas was hired after the Town and Kim Newman were unable “to reach mutually agreeable terms and have jointly withdrawn from further discussions.”

The town administrator in the town of Mendon, Newman had been the initial selection, beating out Golas and Thomas Guerino.

While Golas was initially the runner-up, selectmen were comfortable offering him the position rather than initiating a new search process. The press release noted, in part, “at the conclusion of the interview process, the Board of Selectmen had also expressed its interest in Andrew Golas.” Selectmen cited his “maturity and proven track record of accomplishments” as a key to his hiring.

Golas has served as the town administrator in Barre since June 2017 after working as an executive assistant in Palmer for seven years, according to his LinkedIn profile. Golas is also captain in the Bondsville Fire Department in Palmer, having served as a firefighter in Palmer since 2009. He holds multiple degrees from Westfield State University, including Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration.

The town administrator position became vacant with the departure of Robin Craver, who was selected to become the town manager in Provincetown earlier this week, according to the Provincetown Banner.

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