Retired administrator to fill in for Thorndike

LYNDEBOROUGH — At the request of the Select Board, former Town Administrator Burton Reynolds has agreed to work at the town office for about 15 hours a week while Town Administrator Kate Thorndike is on medical leave.

“We agreed that I’d work every Tuesday,” Reynolds said in a phone conversation last week. “Other days, I’ll be in and out as work dictates, with the idea that I won’t put in more than 15 hours a week.”

Reynolds said he will also be attending Select Board meetings and will participate in the annual audit review, scheduled to take place in June.

Reynolds said town business slows down a bit during the summer, which is usually when a town administrator can spend time working on long-term projects. “There are things that we’d typically be working on during the summer that may have to be on hold this year,” he said.

Reynolds, 63, grew up in Lyndeborough, left to go college, and then returned to town in 1978. He was town administrator in New Boston for 12 years, then served one year as Lyndeborough’s town administrator. He retired from that job last year, turning it over to Thorndike, who had been the town’s administrative assistant. Reynolds is a member of the town’s Budget Committee, which he rejoined after resigning as town administrator.

“My expectation is that long before budget season, Kate will be back,” he said.

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