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.

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.

-- KATINA CARAGANIS