North Hempstead's deputy supervisor for the past 10 years is leaving town for a post in Massachusetts.
Christopher Senior will become acting manager of Cohasset, a Massachusetts township of about 7,500. The town's board this week chose Senior, who is taking the three-year position pending final contract negotiations, after a search process lasting several months.
"It's a little bittersweet" Senior said in an interview Thursday.
He leaves three months after Jon Kaiman resigned as town supervisor, and several weeks before Judi Bosworth, elected in November, takes office.
Senior, 48, of Port Washington, said he was most proud of townwide initiatives he worked on during Kaiman's administration. There was the first suburban call center of its kind, 311, and Project Independence, a program that enables seniors to age in their current location.
Those programs could be headed to Cohasset, a waterfront community, he pointed out, with similarities to Port Washington. "You need to constantly look and reinvent just like the business world does to make sure you serve residents in the best way possible."
Bosworth, the incoming supervisor, said she was not ready to announce her pick for deputy supervisor. But she said the next one will share that title with another town role, and be someone already working in the town.
On Monday, she announced Nassau Legis. Robert Troiano (D-Westbury) who will resign from the legislature Jan. 2, will be her director of operations, restoring a role for the town that wasn't recently filled. Her finance director will absorb many of Senior's duties. These new roles are "budget-neutral" Bosworth said, and will be paid for by separations and retirements.
Kaiman said Senior's departure "definitively shows it's an end of an era."
"He led our fiscal operations with skill and integrity and under his guidance we achieved the highest bond rating in town history, and we maintained it even in the worst of economic times," Kaiman said.
Senior could bring stability to a town that has had an acting manager for the past two years, filling in after the board sacked its previous leader who was in office for about six months, according to town officials there.
"I have an exciting new challenge on the horizon," said Senior, who in the interview alternated between wistful and upbeat. "I'm looking forward to it."