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Mendon Selectmen Approve Hiring New Town Accountant

Lisa Kelly will soon be serving as Mendon's new Town Accountant. The Board of Selectmen met the top candidate during a brief May 9 meeting and unanimously voted to hire the Grafton resident. Mendon has been without a permanent Town Accountant since Claudia Cataldo resigned last year.

According to Town Administrator Kim Newman, a panel consisting of herself, Selectman Chair Mark Reil, Finance Committee Chair Mike Merolli, Treasurer/Collector Linda Hawkes, and Interim Town Accountant Eric Kinsherf interviewed four prospective candidates but "the panel unanimously decided Lisa's candidacy was high above the other candidates," she said. "She has 15 years as a controller, I completed the background check, she provided excellent references from her previous employer and she's eager to get started."

Kelly comes to Mendon previously serving as a Controller/Manager for Bose Corporation, a Division Controller for First Data Corporation, and a Senior Financial Analyst for Bristol Myers Squibb. She received her degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kinsherf said he was equally impressed with Kelly and praised her for her answers during the interview process. "She was the only candidate to answer all the questions right on queue. I was impressed."

Although she has no accounting experience for a municipality, Kinsherf said he did not see that as problem. "She has the aptitude and the talent so I don't see the transition to municipal accounting to be a problem."

Kelly will begin her new position in Mendon on May 23. She will work for the town at a rate $28.14 for 25 hours a week. In an effort to help Kelly transition to her job, Kinsherf will be working with her for several weeks.

At the same meeting, the Selectmen also approved the hiring of Mendon resident Ben Niro for a position with the Highway Department as an Equipment Operator/Laborer. Highway Surveyor Alan Tetreault said he interviewed two candidates and felt Niro was best qualified for the position. "He has a lot of machinery experience," he told the Board. Niro's previous position was as a mechanic at the Bass Pro Shop. He will begin working for the Highway Department on May 24 once his background check is complete.

The Board of Selectmen will meet again on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. In addition, the Selectmen have called for a Special Town Meeting to take place on June 21 at 7 p.m. at Miscoe Hill School.


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