Published in the December 28, 2017 edition


NORTH READING — The town’s Director of Public Works has informed the town of his intention to resign from his position in February.

According to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, DPW Director Andrew Lafferty is leaving his post “to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector.”

Gilleberto went on to state, “Andrew has been a valued member of the management team and I wish him well in his future endeavors. I am grateful to him for his willingness to work with the town beyond his last day of full-time employment on a part-time basis if necessary.” He was appointed to the position in the fall of 2016.

The town is now on a fast track to fill Lafferty’s role as soon as possible. “The town will be posting an advertisement soliciting candidates to succeed Andrew via the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the American Public Works Association, with applications due in January,” Gilleberto stated in an email announcing the resignation. “Interviews will begin immediately thereafter, with a goal of appointing a new Director as soon as possible.”

Lafferty’s position is the second department head vacancy which the town must fill in the new year. Fire Chief Bill Warnock previously informed the town of his intention to retire in mid-January after 35 years of service to the department.