Former Pleasantville Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer will serve as North Castle’s interim administrator and help the town with its search for a permanent replacement.
On Wednesday night, the Town Board voted unanimously to retain Dwyer and her consultant firm, Sourced Municipal Solutions, LLC, to help the town with various tasks until a new administrator is hired. Under the terms of the agreement, Dwyer will be paid $85 an hour.
Supervisor Michael Schiliro said Dwyer was available as early as Thursday to assist the town and get herself acclimated to North Castle in the next few weeks, although she will not have a regular presence as interim until Nov. 5.
“It’s sort of hours as needed, so she won’t be here 40 hours (a week),” Schiliro said. “She’s concluding a project in Pelham right now where she did the same thing. She’s just finishing up that program and they’re about to have a new hire as a permanent position, so she’ll put in some time as needed over the next couple of weeks.”
Dwyer retired from Pleasantville last March, capping a 31-year career as an administrator in Walden, Orange County, and two separate stints in Pleasantville that sandwiched a six-year stay in Mount Kisco.
The need for an interim materialized after the Town Board opted against extending former administrator Joan Goldberg’s contract, which expired at the end of last month. The town has been operating without an administrator since Sept. 4 when Goldberg was escorted out of Town Hall.
There was no estimate given about how quickly officials would like to find and hire the permanent administrator.
Last month, the board hired former comptroller and director of finance Dawn Donovan to help the town on an hourly basis during its budget preparation process, something that Goldberg assisted with during her six years as administrator. Donovan, who is also assisting North Castle with tasks for completed by the personnel manager despite continuing to serve as comptroller in Eastchester. North Castle’s personnel manager post has been vacant for about six months.