LYNDEBOROUGH — After more than a year without a full-time administrator, the town said the position will be filled starting July 7.
Russ Boland Jr. lives in New Boston and has been that town’s fire inspector for the past seven years. He has worked for municipalities for 37 years and has extensive experience on various boards including the budget committee and capital improvement program while a resident of Pelham.
“I’m excited to join the team,” said Boland.
“Hopefully I can facilitate team building and consensus building and we can work for the best interest of the taxpayer and provide a real solid return for their tax dollars,” he said.
Boland has a degree in business administration, experience in code enforcement and was a firefighter.
His philosophy is an open door policy. “The best way to solve a problem is before it becomes a problem. I want to be approachable so people can come to me when problems are still in the infancy stage and we can solve them easier,” said Boland.
During his tenure as New Boston fire inspectors, Boland helped obtain $555,000 in grants. “It’s great to get grants that are needed and saves taxpayers’ money.
He was successful in a $265,400 SAFER grant that daily coverage for the volunteer fire station in return for paramedic tuition reimbursement.
He sought a $228,000 water filtration grant that provide 60,000 gallons of water in the village area, also reducing homeowner insurance premiums. Boland was pleased about a $43,000 federal grant to cover sets of firefighting turnout gear.
Former Town Administrator Burton Reynolds helped in the interim since May 2013 by working 1 to 2 days per week after Town Administrator Kate Thorndike went on medical leave. It had been the hope that Thorndike would return.
“I think Russ will do a good job. Part of his background, coming from Pelham, was on the budget committee so he knows about town finances and interacted with the CIP committee so had a fairly good financial background,” said Burton Reynolds.
He added, “Everybody felt he has the type of personality that would fit well in Lyndeborough with the staff and a personality that would strike the resident as someone who would be caring about their needs and attend to them.”
Boland and his wife Kim want to be involved in the town and plan on attending Community Day in August to get out and meet many of the residents. They have two grown children; Jillian and Russell.