Los Angeles-based science teacher Troy Lawson will take over as executive director of the Chilmark Community Center summer camp program.

The hire comes following the resignation of Keira Lapsley, the previous director, after just one summer in the position. Ms. Lapsley stepped down after significant backlash over her hiring of a youth tennis director.

“We’re very excited about [Mr. Lawson], he seems to understand the scope of the job,” said Suellen Lazarus, president of the Chilmark Town Affairs Council, at a select board meeting on Tuesday. “He comes without having a lot of experience on the Island at all,” she said, adding that they have also hired a “long-term planning advisor” to assist him in his role.

“I’m definitely looking forward to being down there,” said Mr. Lawson. “I’ll take all the luck I can get and apply it to being a really good summer.”

In other business, the select board interviewed Oak Bluffs local inspector Adam Petkus for the role of town building inspector. Chilmark and Aquinnah are aiming to share a full-time building inspector via an inter-municipal agreement. Aquinnah voted to approve the agreement at their special town meeting on Wednesday, June 15.

“I hope that people think of me as someone they can ask questions,” said Mr. Petkus.

Board chair William Rossi said no other qualified candidates had applied for the position, and the board took no vote on the matter.