The Board of Selectmen voted in support of current Tyngsboro Town Administrator and North Reading resident Michael Gilleberto as the town’s next town administrator Wednesday night.
The board voted 4-0 (Jeffrey Yull abstained) to enter into contract negotiations with Gilleberto.
Board members were impressed with both finalists and said they struggled to choose between Gilleberto and the other finalist, Thomas Durkin, who is treasurer of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Though he said North Reading would be well served by either candidate, Selectman Stephen O’Leary said Gilleberto’s experience as a town administrator in Tyngsboro is a plus and living in North Reading means he will be able to get the pulse of the community. O’Leary said Gilleberto could be a long-term town administrator in North Reading.
Selectman Michael Prisco also said both men were great candidates and it came down to "the little things." Prisco said Gilleberto’s way of listening and taking his time to listen and answer questions was “a big factor” for him.
The board will now work with Gilleberto on a contract. Current Town Administrator Greg Balukonis’ contract ends in June.