SHIRLEY — Town Administrator Kyle Keady has applied for the same position in Ayer, Selectman Enrico Cappucci said Tuesday.
Keady was not available for comment Wednesday, and Ayer officials declined to comment on whether he has applied.
Ayer has received about 66 applications for the job, Selectman Gary Luca said.
The Screening Committee responsible for naming a finalist is scheduled to hold its first meeting at Town Hall tonight, said committee member Paul Bresnahan, a former selectman.
“We are scheduled to meet (tonight) but that is about it,” Bresnahan said.
Luca said he is not on the screening committee and does not know if Keady applied for the job.
Former Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski left on April 9 to take a similar job in Sturbridge.
Keady was named to replace Bob Hanson as Pepperell town administrator in August, but reached an impasse during contract negotiations in September and never took the job.
Keady earns about $76,000 annually as Shirley town administrator. He has held that position for about seven years and was a selectman for some 15 years before that.
In October, the selectmen declined to renew Keady’s contract, which expires June 30, as part of a policy to eliminate rollover contracts.
New contract talks have not started, Cappucci said Wednesday.