Mark Andrews, Wenham’s pick for interim town administrator, will begin working part-time in Wenham as soon as this week, the chairman of the Wenham Board of Selectmen said on Monday.
Andrews has signed a contract that runs through the end of August and will be paid slightly more than Jeff Chelgren, the existing town administrator who is .
Andrews will be paid an amount equal to $100,000 annually, Chelgren said on Monday. Chelgren earns $93,456 annually.
Andrews, who has been the town administrator in Wareham since December 2009, he will take over an interim town administrator in Wenham beginning April 16. On Monday, Chelgren confirmed that Andrews has signed a contract with Wenham.
On Monday, Wenham Board of Selectmen Chairman Molly Martins said that she has spoken to Wareham Board of Selectmen Chairman Walter B. Cruz Sr., who said Wareham would be flexible with Andrews’ schedule. Martins said Andrews will likely work in Wenham part-time for one or two days per week, alongside Chelgren, to assist with the transition. He plans to attend a Wenham department heads meeting later this week, she said.
Andrews will also attend the next Board of Selectmen meeting on March 27 and also the meeting scheduled for April 3, Martins said - the two meetings between now and Chelgren’s last day working in Wenham.
Chelgren’s last day is April 13 and Andrews will begin full-time on April 16.
Martins said the board chose Andrews from a field of 25 applicants in large part because of his ability to hit the ground running. The field was narrowed to five candidates and interviews were conducted with three of them.
“He was, by far, the best fit for the (interim) position,” Martins said.
Andrews’ first day on the job will be about three week’s before Wenham’s .
“He understands that it is interim,” Martins said.
During the interview process, Andrews asked whether he was eligible to apply for the permanent position and was told he could, Martins said. Nonetheless, Andrews left before the end of his three year contract in Wareham “with the full knowledge that he is taking an interim position,” Martins said.
Wenham Selectmen will not begin the search process until after Annual Town Meeting in May, Martins said. The board has not decided on all the details about how the search process will be conducted, she said.
Before arriving in Wareham, Andrews was director of budget and finance for the city of Lawrence for two years. His resume also includes nine years as vice president of finance and administration at Northern Essex Community College, four years as director of economic development and planning for the city of Haverhill and 10 years as staff director and chief financial officer at the State House.
He currently works as an adjunct professor of public administration and finance at Suffolk University.
“He teaches what he does,” Martins said, also adding, “We consider that to be helpful with the interim situation in the finance department.”
Andrews did not return a phone call and e-mail left at his Wareham office seeking comment on Monday.