On a 3-2 vote, Easton’s Board of Selectmen chose acting town administrator Connor Read to do the job on a permanent basis.
Read was selected from four finalists, who had been winnowed from a field of 55 applicants.
Board members Craig Barger, Dottie Fulginiti, and Daniel Murphy voted for Read, while Kevin McIntyre and David Mills voted against his appointment saying they preferred candidate Patrice Garvin, who is the town administrator in Shirley.
The other finalists were businessman Peter Caruso of Scituate and Adams Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco.
Read has been Easton’s acting town administrator since January following the departure of longtime administrator David Colton. Colton was paid to leave after being suspended by a majority of the Board of Selectmen, who blamed him for problems in the town clerk’s office. The town clerk was let go for failing to submit bylaws for state approval for years and then lying about it.
Read started working for the town in 2012 as a “citizen business advocate” in the selectmen’s office. He was appointed assistant town administrator in July 2015 and served briefly as the acting town clerk.
He holds a master of public administration degree from Bridgewater State University and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Massachusetts. He worked previously as a mental health care advocate in a group home for recovering addicts.Johanna Seltz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.