Holbrook selectmen officially opened applications for the inaugural director of inspectional services position and a new Council on Aging coordinator at a late May meeting.
The director of inspectional services job has been discussed at past selectmen meetings.
“We have some issues before us now and in the future this position is crucial in resolving,” selectman Joshua Reilly said, referring to the ongoing crisis at the Oldcastle factory complex.
“The inspectional services director could help us,” Assistant Building Inspector Eric Erskine said during the discussion on Oldcastle earlier in the evening.
The position involves a trio of responsibilities - department head overseeing the IS Department, building inspector, and staff support for the planning board and conservation commission, and facilitating scheduling meetings with developers with projects requiring planning board or conservation commission approval.
The IS Ddrector position, a 40-hour full time position with a salary range of $70,000 to $75,000, was posted on May 23 and will continue to be posted until the job is filled. A full description and how to apply is on the town website, Holbrook.gov.
Selectmen also are starting a search for a new Council on Aging coordinator as current coordinator Cindy Brennan prepares to retire June 30.
Brennan, who had retired as longtime town accountant on June 30, 2016, agreed in January 2017 to come on board for the COA as interim director until a replacement could be found after 25-year director Connie Orlando retired on June 30, 2016.
Selectmen received Brennan’s letter of resignation in April.
“We need to get the discussion going,” Town Administrator Timothy Gordon said. “There may be room in the budget for a full-time position.”
“We need to put this out there and start the process so we can get this position posted,” Reilly said.
“We need to talk to them and see what they need,” selectwoman Lindsy Vayda said. “They may not need a full-time coordinator.”
“It will be helpful to know what we’re looking for,” Reilly agreed. “We need to come up with a job description.”
Selectmen Chairman Daniel Lee said he will go down to the COA and talk with Brennan.
In another matter, selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Holbrook residents Paola Mabasa, who has a Bachelors degree in hospitality, and Becky Simulis, who holds a Master of Arts degree in history and a BA degree in history and anthropology, to the Holbrook Cultural Council.