ASHBY -- Former Pepperell Town Administrator Robert Hanson will soon be back to work.

Ashby selectmen voted unanimously Dec. 6 to appoint Hanson as their part-time town administrator, beginning Jan. 7.

Hanson, who lives in Shirley, retired in 2009 after serving as Pepperell's administrator from 1998 to 2009.

Hanson said this is a good opportunity for him to come back into the profession.

"I miss the give and take in municipal government. This opportunity seemed like it was a good opportunity to be useful," he said.

Because Hanson is retired, he can only work 960 hours a year by law. The selectmen also agreed to pay Hanson $38,000 a year.

Ashby's last administrator, Linda Sanders, left in December 2009 for a job in Rockport after serving 12 years.