WESTBOROUGH – Jason Little, who was appointed finance director just a couple of months ago, has decided to return to his old position in Northborough.
During its meeting on Jan. 9, the Select Board voted to appoint Chief Assessor Jon Steinberg as interim finance director.
“I thank Jon for being willing to step up,” said Town Manager Kristi Williams.
The appointment was among several moves designed to upgrade the finance department, which Williams called “short staffed.”
In this spring’s Town Meeting warrant, Article 23 will ask to separate town accountant duties from the finance director; the town accountant would become its own position.
There will also be a request for $30,000 to help pay for a new position of administrative assistant/payroll clerk. This position was a recommendation from Little. Williams received the Select Board’s approval to add the position immediately.
The town recently began searching for qualified candidates.
Another vacant position, treasurer/collector, is currently being filled with contracted services. Williams said several candidates have been interviewed, and the position could be filled soon.
Select Board member Shelby Marshall said the timing of these changes – as the town is planning for the 2025 fiscal year budget – was not the greatest (“It’s not the best place to be,” she said), but she also acknowledged that it was “a great opportunity.”