By Hiroko Sato
GROTON -- Groton is seeking candidates for a new Council on Aging director after the director for 11 years decided to leave two months earlier than scheduled.
Martha Campbell has announced she will retire effective April 30.
Campbell, who took the helm of the local agency in 2002, was scheduled to retire June 30.
Campbell said she recently suffered a minor stroke, which prompted her to retire sooner to take it easy.
"I dodged the bullet," Campbell said of the medical problem that forced her to stay in the hospital for two days.
The deadline to submit applications for the position is set for March 22. The position will pay between $54,098 and $66,940, according to the ad the town posted last Tuesday.
Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with a concentration in gerontology or social work or possess education, training and experience in related fields.
Campbell, 64, has initiated a range of programs to promote the quality of lives among seniors, including Groton Council on Aging's transportation system with the use of vans provided by the Lowell Regional Transit Authority.
Reached by phone, Campbell said she sees obtaining the national accreditation for the local senior center from National Institute of Senior Centers as well as from the National Council on Aging five years ago as her biggest accomplishment.
Senior centers in Massachusetts don't need to have a national accreditation, but Campbell has said some other states now require it, as senior centers are no longer just a place to play Bingo, but are becoming a place to receive continuing education and wellness training.