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Breault agrees to contract to become Wilbraham's town administrator

Date: 4/28/2015

WILBRAHAM - The Board of Selectmen and East Longmeadow Town Administrator Nick Breault ratified an agreement regarding Breault's appointment as Wilbraham's town administrator at a special meeting on April 28.

"It's been a long process, but the good things are always worth working for it and this is the beginning of a good thing," Board of Selectmen Chair Robert Russell said to Breault. "I'm looking forward to working with you."

After the meeting, Breault told Reminder Publications he will begin serving as Wilbraham's town administrator on June 1. His first-year salary is $101,000.

Breault said he will have more responsibility of the "day to day operations" as the town administrator in Wilbraham than East Longmeadow, specifically how the position interacts with department heads.

"I think it's a matter of more authority and more oversight [was] part of what appealed to me in the beginning with the position," he explained.

Breault said he is looking forward to working with town officials and helping the town move forward with its various proposed projects such as a new police station and senior center.

"I'm looking forward to some of the projects that are in the works, whether it's the municipal light project or the police station project and in the offing, maybe the Council on Aging building," he added. "Those are all very exciting projects."

His contract negotiations with the town for the position lasted six to eight weeks, Breault noted.

Breault was selected by the Board of Selectmen on March 16 to succeed former Town Administrator Robert Weitz, who retired in November 2014 after seven years.

Breault was chosen over two other finalists, former West Springfield Mayor Edward Gibson and former Town Administrator of Bar Harbor, Maine, Dana Reed.

Kevin Sutherland, chief of staff for the city of Ithaca, N.Y., and Daniel Knapik, mayor of Westfield, withdrew their applications prior to interviews conducted on March 7.

Breault was town administrator in East Longmeadow for a decade. Prior to that he worked as a mayor’s aid in the city of Springfield for 5 ½ years under two administrations.

Breault was also a finalist for the recent town administrator opening in Sturbridge.