Easton Planning Director Leaves to Take Job With State

Brad Washburn is leaving the Town of Easton.


The loss of a planning director will leave Easton's Planning Department short handed this summer.

Town Administrator David Colton told Selectmen Monday night that has left Easton to take a job with the state as the Assistant Director in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Colton said a hiring process for a new Planning Director will take place in September. In the mean-time, Land Use Agent Stephanie Danielson will assume the role.

"I think we’ll be fine," Colton said. "They’re going to be short handed and they will certainly have their hands full."

Colton said he decided to hold off on hiring a new Planning Director because the summer will be a difficult to recruit.

"I just think its not a good time - this time of year - to recruit," he said. "People who might be looking for this type of position probably aren’t paying attention and they’re worried about their summer vacation"

He said once the town begins to recruit, he doesn't expect finding qualified candidates to be difficult.

"The town has developed an excellent reputation out there among people who are looking for public jobs," he said.

Board of Selectmen Chair Colleen Corona praised Washburn's work on the many planning projects he has been involved with since coming to Easton.

Specifically, she pointed to the Shovel Shop project, which will be recognized with a ground breaking ceremony Friday at 10 a.m.

"He did an incredible amount of work while he was here," Corona said. "I’d rather have someone here for a short time who works as hard as Brad did."

Jimmy Donnelly June 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Dont fill the position. Easton does not need it and it will save the town some serious cash.
Sinclair June 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Recruiting should start now. Use the summer as lead time for recruiting so the position can be filled in September with an already selected candidate; a candidate who will need to submit a notice to their current employer. If people are looking for this type of position, they ARE paying attention and NOT worried about recreation, i.e., "summer vacation". The "not paying attention and worried about summer vacation" excuse is as bad as the "wait till after the first of the year" excuse. When a position needs to be filled, the organization must take immediate action regardless of the season (unless the position to be filled is seasonal). The time to advertise for resumes is now.
Local PR June 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
If the needs are not urgent, I say take our time and bank the salary.
Sinclair June 08, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I can't imagine anyone spending their whole life in this job, and then collect a pension. It's a specialized field where people eventually move on to greater challenges (often before they're vested).
Sinclair June 10, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Therefore it's not necessary to "outsource".


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