Outgoing Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard's chances of becoming the next town manager in Winchester got better last night when Swampscott town administrator Andrew Maylor accepted the town manager’s position in North Andover.
Maylor was a finalist for the Winchester job. Howard, Saugus town manager Andrew R. Bisignani, and Belmont town administrator Thomas G. Younger remain in the running.
The North Andover Board of Selectmen, which is currently comprised of four members since the recent resignation of Daniel Lanen, unanimously voted Monday to offer Maylor the position, subject to successful negotiations and an additional background check. After the vote, selectmen took a recess to call Maylor, who then accepted the job offer.
Maylor, 49, has served as Swampscott town administrator since 2002, and is the chairman of the board of directors for the Essex Regional Retirement System.
Maylor has applied and been named a finalist for several manager positions, including in Billerica, Wakefield, Winthrop, and Winchester.
The North Andover board picked Maylor over the other finalist, Belmont's Younger.
Selectwoman Rosemary Connelly Smedile said having “such great candidates” made a final decision “very difficult.”
Selectman Donald B. Stewart said Maylor indicated to the board in interviews that he could start the job within 60 days of giving notice in Swampscott. Connelly Smedile and chairwoman Tracy M. Watson were unanimously appointed to the two-member subcommittee tasked with leading negotiations with Maylor.
Pending negotiations, Maylor will take over the seat vacated in July by Mark Rees, who served as town manager for 10 years before taking the city manager’s job in Portland, Maine.