Orlando Pacheco during a previous appearance before the Haverhill City Council. (WHAV News photograph.)
Haverhill Purchasing Director and Energy Manager Orlando Pacheco is expected to leave his Haverhill post after Lancaster selectmen voted Thursday to offer him back his old job as town administrator.
Pacheco, who lives in Peabody, must first negotiate a contract with the town.
“I expect it will take at least a month for me to get to Lancaster on a regular basis and then, I’m sure, there will be some longer-term transitioning,” he said.
Pacheco notified Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini of the job offer, but assured him he will be available to complete some energy projects before he leaves. “The street light project is one of the energy initiatives that we’re really focused on and I’d really like to get that situated before the end of April.”
That project would see the conversion of street lights from standard to LED fixtures, projected to save the city at least $100,000 over annual maintenance payments of $525,000 to National Grid. Should the city need more help, Pacheco said, he will be available.
“I’m here for the long term to do whatever the city needs of me if it needs anything.” He explained Lancaster is expected to be understanding of any projects he needs to complete in Haverhill since he continued helping the town after his contract expired there at the end of 2013.
“Lancaster has a certain respect for Haverhill because the mayor has allowed me to help them manage the solar farm there.”
Pacheco came to Haverhill in June, 2014, after being appointed to fill the job of purchasing agent formerly held by Robert J. DeFusco. Before working in Lancaster, Pacheco was the mayor’s aide in Amesbury.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Haverhill. I love working with the people here—just great people on all sides,” he said.
Besides Pacheco, David S. Van Dam, Fiorentini’s chief of staff, and Don Lowe of Bolton were finalists for the Lancaster job.