Groveland moves to municipal administrator | Local News
GROVELAND – The Board of Selectmen are looking to open a new chapter and are looking for their first city administrator after Town Meeting voter support last month.
The city now operates under the supervision of the five-member volunteer board of directors, but voters have authorized the board to hire a city administrator to handle day-to-day operations and financial matters.
The first person for the new position would be hired on a one-year contract and report to selected men, according to a press release from the city.
Voters also approved the dissolution of the CFO position, allowing elected officials to reorganize municipal operations around a finance team led by the city administrator.
Joseph D’Amore, a former selectman, said he explained the issue to Town Meeting on May 24 before the affirmative vote.
D’Amore said former CFO Denise Dembowski left to become CEO of Stow last year and the city is now operating with an interim treasury / collection assistant who works with selectmen.
“We have a very willing and caring five-member board of directors, but they are all volunteers,” D’Amore said. “We want to make sure that we use a professional who will intervene on behalf of the Board of Selectmen in key areas such as personnel management and some negotiations. We also need a purchasing manager, a compliance manager and someone the employees need to know is in charge. “
Selectmen are expected to appoint a search committee that would review nominations and recommend potential candidates for the city administrator. Applicants will be interviewed by selected men, who will make the final decision.
The new city administrator is expected to serve for one year and could be appointed for recurring three-year terms.
Selectmen vice president Kathleen Kastrinelis said in the press release that running a city is getting more and more complex.
“We were a volunteer selection committee and many issues cannot wait until we meet every two weeks,” Kastrinelis said. “We want to operate professionally so that our fantastic employees have support and our residents receive a high level of service.”
Michael Dutton is the Managing Director of Bridgewater and has served as City Administrator of Martha’s Vineyard.
He said the shift to a city administrator form of government would allow Groveland to professionalize its internal operations.
“You create a central internal authority and that gives a city much better processes, easier and better budget practices,” said Dutton.
He added that a city administrator can reduce a community’s liability by ensuring that departments, such as human resources, are managed properly.
“Sometimes you can find in the small towns that they are trying really hard to professionalize themselves,” Dutton said. “But at the end of the day, almost everything about human resources or personnel is now so regulated and detailed that a selection committee trying to manage it all is next to impossible. Just that alone is really one of the things. greatest benefits of the transition to professional management. “
Locally, Newbury, Rowley, Boxford and Georgetown all employ a city administrator, while West Newbury and Salisbury employ a city manager. Newburyport and Amesbury are towns with mayors and town councils.
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