Finance director post

Town officials are discussing creating an appointed finance director position to provide selectmen and others with strategic financial planning advice. Currently, the town elects a tax collector and a town treasurer to guide town finances, but neither position requires what Town Administrator Jim Thomas termed “the litmus test” of professional education or credentials. “For a community of our size, we need a certain education and certain competencies,’’ Thomas said. “To me, it’s time for Kingston to join the rest of the communities in acquiring somebody’’ with the needed skills. Selectmen will be discussing the idea in the next few weeks. Creating a position and abolishing a currently elected position such as tax collector would require approval by Town Meeting.

- Robert Knox