Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

Selectmen offer input on new hires

With the impending departure of Assistant Town Manager Steve Bucuzzo, who heads to Dracut this fall as its town manager, the Board of Selectmen are taking another look at the position, hoping to add more responsibilities onto the job.

Meanwhile, the town received more than a dozen resumes last month for the newly created director of municipal services position.

While the appointing authority for both positions is Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski, selectmen met recently with the town manager and Human Resources Director Candace Hall so they could weigh in on what attributes they think the town should be looking for in filling both jobs.

Municipal services chief

A two-page job description outlines the new director of municipal services’ position, which will likely be filled from the field of interested job candidates.

Currently, Chris Cronin is serving as acting DPW director, but also leads the highway department. Ed Ataide is acting director of plant and facilities. It is not known if either applied for the top job. Their positions will be retained following the hiring of a new director.

Cronin earned about $122,000 last year. Prior to Ataide taking the plant and facilities job, the position was held by Maria Maggio, who died in July. She earned about $95,000. Cronin and Ataide were both given $10,000 stipends to serve as acting directors.

According to the job description, the new director will be in charge of highway, water treatment, water and sewer distribution, solid waste and recycling, engineering, building maintenance, plumbing/heating/electric, parks, forestry, cemetery, vehicle maintenance and facilities management.

“It’s is a very big job,” Hall said, adding that the person hired will need to merge two departments while also conducting all the usual responsibilities of both departments.

Selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli suggested that the new director have a strong record of customer service and understand the concerns of both businesses and residents, along with budgets.

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