I’ll give credit where it’s due: The Grafton News in my mail today reports that Town Administrator Natalie Lashmit has submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31. The announcement was made this week at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting (which I didn’t watch and, apparently, the Telegram didn’t cover. I’m going to start DVR-ing meetings).
“Ms. Lashmit appreciates the opportunity she had to serve as Town Administrator for the Town of Grafton and its citizens during these tough economic times. Ms. Lashmit said she will support the Board in the recruitment of a new Town Administrator and in the transition of the Town administration at the end of December 2008.”
Lashmit has been town administrator since April 2006. Prior to that she held a similar position in the town of Boxborough and, before that, she was a city councilor in Marlborough, where I first got to know her.
My dealings with Natalie have always been positive — she was one of my favorite people in my past life covering Marlborough City Hall — but I really haven’t interacted with her much in her role here. I also can’t say I’m surprised to hear this after she was unavailable at Town Meeting and, if I recall correctly, her evaluation was a bit less than glowing.
I really can’t say much beyond that, what say you? How hard is it going to be to find someone to lead the town in these tough economic times?