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June 25, 2014

Pelham administrator adjusts to new role

Town administrator adjusts to new role

PELHAM — New Town Administrator Brian McCarthy has spent the last three weeks moving into his office and attending a flurry of meetings at Town Hall.

The former police lieutenant started his new job June 1.

Police Chief Joseph Roark served as interim administrator for 90 days after former administrator Tom Gaydos resigned in February.

“My immediate goal for right now is to learn all the nuances of the job and to interact with the Town Hall employees,” McCarthy said. “They used to see me as a policeman, but now they get to see me in my new role.”

He will make $85,000 a year in his new position, Selectmen’s Chairman Edmund Gleason said. McCarthy has a two-year contract.

“He made his presence known,” Gleason said. “He’s had interviews with the staff and has taken on responsibility.”

Selectmen gave McCarthy a 90-day objectives list, Gleason said, but added McCarthy is already “off and running with it.”

McCarthy has his own to-do list, including looking into electronic storage, and reviewing and upgrading existing town ordinances.

“One of my long-term goals is to establish some updated polices and procedures for Town Hall,” he said. “There are some things we have to have on paper and some things we don’t.”

Part of the goal of getting on an electronic system is to save the town money on paper, and the budget is a large part of McCarthy’s priorities.

“That’s the challenge, you get a certain amount of money and you have to make it work,” he said. “We have to be frugal, but maintain what the town’s accustomed to.”

That means every town department, even the police department, will have to “sharpen their pencils” and be “frugal” with the town’s money, he said.

McCarthy said he is ready to take the lead with budgets such as the police budget, which he has experience with, and is ready to work with people to make sure the town will “only put things in the budget that we need to maintain that level of service.”

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