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The two Cheshire selectmen are split on who to hire as a town administrator.

CHESHIRE, Mass. – The town's two selectmen are split on the decision for town administrator.

They went on to share their thoughts Tuesday.

Next week, "Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said." I would like to talk to you. "Let's regroup and think about each other's thoughts … a decision is not going to be made tonight."

Francesconi said he was in favor of hiring attorney and former Cheshire selectmen Edmund St. John IV while Selectman Robert Ciskowski was in favor of hiring Thomas Spiro, Elders College's former program coordinator Greenfield campus and town administrative aide in Conway.

Current Town Administrator Mark Webber announced his retirement earlier this year.

The Selectmen have not narrowed down to three finalists. Interviews were held Nov. 1.

Francesconi and Ciskowski agreed that the third candidate, Marion Carr, operations director at the Head of the Berkshires, is not their top candidate and has been sent to Otis.

Francesconi asked for input from Webber and Selectmen's Assistant Carole Hilderbrand but Ciskowski said that the decision should be a Board of Selectmen's issue.

"I am not ready to give my powers as a select on this even though I respect both of your opinions," he said.

Webber did not advise reopening the position.

"I have to take a look at how long it takes, and we're pretty good to go back and do it again.

Clarksburg had run into a similar problem four years ago when that Select Board so it came down to two members because one had to apply for the town administrator's post majority vote.

The Cheshire officials said they did not want to reopen the interviews.

Ciskowski said he wants to have a timely decision.

"We would like to refer to this for all parties' sake and especially for Mark," he said.

Webber said he plans to stay on the transition.

"I am more than willing and I need it for the transition", he said. "I do this gladly."

Francesconi had words to say and only added that she had "digest" Ciskowski's thoughts

Ciskowski, however, stayed firm.

"I think Carol has made her thoughts clear, but I guess I got this far in life by the way I've brought up the experiences that I have," he said. "I guess I'm going to have a tough time changing my idea." I'm where I want to be on this one. "

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