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NATICK – Arlington city manager Adam Chapdelaine is set to become Natick’s next city administrator.

The board of directors voted 5-0 Monday night to choose Chapdelaine from four finalists. His appointment is pending a criminal background check and successful contract negotiation.

“I am very excited, I hope I accept a new opportunity,” Chapdelaine said by phone a few minutes after the board vote.

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Chapdelaine defeated Natick James Errickson’s Deputy City Manager, Winthrop City Manager Austin Faison and Concord Deputy City Manager Kate Hodges.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days as Natick’s first city manager, Chapdelaine said he will focus on listening and learning.

“It would be presumptuous to say that I have plans and goals before setting foot in an organization,” he said. “I want to learn as much as possible, fit in with the team and get the trains running on time.”

“Unequal” among the finalists

It was Chapdelaine’s work experience that stood out, according to public comments from board members.

“Her depth of experience is uneven among the finalists,” said board chair Karen Adelman-Foster, adding that Chapdelaine had been in her current role for eight years. “Her responses (during the interview process) were calm, incredibly thoughtful, and truly inspiring. He’s widely regarded as a superstar, and for good reason.

The four finalists were interviewed separately by the board of directors last week in open session. The jury held informal discussions with each candidate over the weekend.

Over 30 resumes were reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the board of directors. The committee reduced the pool to 10, then presented four finalists to the board last month.

Errickson was congratulated by the board, with Adelman-Foster, Rick Jennett and Susan Salamoff stating he was among their top two picks.

“It was a very difficult choice for me,” said Jennett. “It’s very difficult not to entrust (Errickson) with this job and to continue. Personally, I think he is a rising star, and he will gain so much from being under the tutelage and experience that Adam brings to our community.

Errickson served as interim general manager for about a month after former city administrator Melissa Malone resigned in December, with six months remaining on a three-year contract that paid her $ 190,000 a year. .

Robert Rooney has been interim municipal administrator since mid-January.

Errickson was also director of community and economic development for Natick from 2015 to 2019. He left to become senior vice president of MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency. Errickson held this position for 13 months before returning to Natick to take up his current position.

Henry Schwan is a multimedia reporter for the Daily News. Follow Henry on Twitter @henrymetrowest. He can be reached at [email protected] or 508-626-3964.

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