TYNGSBORO -- Selectmen are preparing for the possibility of the town administrator leaving, after it was announced this week he is a finalist for the administrator seat in North Reading.
Michael Gilleberto, who lives in North Reading, has been with the town since April 2010. He declined comment to The Sun on Wednesday, but said in an email to officials he is looking to be closer to his wife and two boys.
"My candidacy in North Reading is a result of a potential opportunity for professional growth closer to my young family," he wrote. "I have been privileged to serve this board and the town of Tyngsboro for the past four years. The board, the town's employees and the community at large have been welcoming to me since day one. Thank you for your continued support as I explore this potential opportunity."
Gilleberto noted in his message that North Reading selectmen announced he was a finalist Tuesday evening at a public meeting held by the town's screening committee.
Clerks in the office of the current North Reading Town Administrator, Greg Balukonis, said they did not know the name of the other finalist running against Gilleberto and would not comment on why Balukonis is leaving. Members of the North Reading Board of Selectmen, including the chairman and vice chairman, as well as Balukonis, and the town's Finance Director Elizabeth Pavao could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Tyngsboro Vice Chairman Bob Jackson said Gilleberto has been a dutiful servant of the community.
"I think Michael obviously is a quality individual and he's been an exemplary administrator in the town of Tyngsboro and he's been very open with us about the interviewing process and the desire to work in his hometown," Jackson said. "... He deserves it."
Jackson noted Gilleberto's contract has a 90-day notice clause. He said Assistant Town Administrator Nina Nazarian could step in as an interim administrator if Gilleberto is offered the North Reading position. Selectmen would then start the search for the best replacement for that position, Jackson said.
"This is slowly developing," he added. "Next week, (North Reading officials) will start the public interviewing process. It might take them two or three weeks to go through it."
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