More than 40 apply for Barrington finance director job

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Barrington officials are a couple weeks away from naming a new finance director.

According to Barrington Town Manager Peter DeAngelis, more than 40 people applied for the vacant finance director's position. Dean Huff had served as finance director for the town for more than 12 years, but resigned last month; he now serves as chief financial officer of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

Shortly after Mr. Huff announced his resignation, officials posted the position opening online and in print. Mr. DeAngelis said 41 people applied for the job, which requires individuals to be certified public accounts and possess years of experience in the field.

"We're narrowing down the field," Mr. DeAngelis said on Wednesday, adding that interviews of qualified candidates have already begun.

In addition to having the necessary accounting skills, town officials are also looking for someone who "has a strong commitment to public service," and who can function well as a part of the municipal government team.

The town manager will appoint the next finance director.

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