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Belmont town administrator resigning

Belmont’s Board of Selectmen announced Monday night that Town Administrator Thomas Younger has tendered his resignation, effective Nov. 18, after serving in the job since 2005.

It was an amicable split, said Selectman Ralph Jones, the board’s chairman, and had been planned for a while. Jones said the selectmen held off announcing Younger’s departure because he was a finalist for town manager spots in Winchester and North Andover. He was not selected for either position.

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In a statement, the selectmen thanked Younger and wished him well.

“Tom has provided faithful service to the town for six and one half years, and we know we speak for many of you when we express our gratitude to him for his service,’’ the board’s announcement stated.

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Jones said that the selectmen are looking for an interim town administrator, whom they hope to have in place by the end of the month. They have already begun contacting possible candidates, though Jones declined to name them.

“Typically, what one finds is that there are retired administrators who might be available on a short, part-time, intermittent basis,’’ said Jones. “We hope to get that settled very soon, and we’ll go from there to figure out how to do a full search.’’

Younger could not be reached for comment.

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