In a rare morning meeting, the Mashpee Board of Selectmen convened July 10 to confirm the hiring of Michael Mendoza as the town’s new building commissioner.
Mr. Mendoza, a resident of New Bedford, will officially begin his new duties in Mashpee on July 21.
He had previously served as building commissioner for the City of Marlborough since 2012.
Prior to Marlborough, Mr. Mendoza spent 12 years as building commissioner for the Town of Carver and has also held similar positions in Hudson, Fairhaven, and New Bedford.
Mashpee town manager Joyce M. Mason said there were six applicants for the position, including one internal candidate. The position, which was first advertised in early May, was billed as a full-time, 40-hours per week job, paying $29.78 per hour or approximately $62,000 per year.
The five-page job description lists as a requirement that the applicant be a certified building commissioner with at least three to five years in a leadership role.
The screening committee included selectmen John J. Cahalane and Andrew R. Gottlieb, Mashpee Human Resources director Kathleen Moore, as well as Town of Barnstable building commissioner Thomas Perry.
“I was very impressed with his qualifications, and that he was already certified as a building commissioner. Along with his knowledge of technical and regulatory issues, he also had a lot of common sense, which is important when dealing with residents of the town who he will be working with on a daily basis,” Mr. Cahalane said.
Mr. Gottlieb echoed Mr. Cahalane’s sentiments.
“I thought he was a great candidate. He was by far the best person for the job,” he said at the July 10 meeting.
Mr. Mendoza will be Mashpee’s first full-time building commissioner since 2011. Richard E. Morgan has been serving as the town’s acting building commissioner, working 19 hours per week, and will work through the summer during the transition period with Mr. Mendoza.
According to the MetroWest Daily News, Mr. Mendoza submitted his letter of resignation to the Marlborough City Council on Monday, saying that he found himself “falling short of expectations,” and that he was not a “good fit” for the job.
The Framingham-based newspaper reported that Mr. Mendoza wrote in his resignation letter that “after a long assessment of the way that I have been performing my job here, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot perform the job to the expectations that is needed by the city.”
Ms. Mason said that all of Mr. Mendoza’s references were excellent, including those from Marlborough, and that he prefers to work in a smaller town where he can become an integral part of the community.