Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

Selectmen offer input on new hires


Selectman Brian Major said the next director needs to be able to break down complicated subjects, such as water quality issues, to explain them to the public in a simple, understandable way.

Selectman Paul Salafia noted that “people skills are extremely important. This is a small army of people in these departments. People don’t look at these department unless people aren’t doing their jobs.”

There are about 100 employees between the two departments.

Selectman Dan Kowalski said he wanted to see the next director “down in a hole sometimes, working with the guys he oversees” rather than a bureaucrat or number-cruncher sitting in an office.

Stapczynski said he envisions the new director as a project manager who understands how projects come together, how they are funded and how to pitch them for approval to the town manager, selectmen and Town Meeting.

The town manager agreed with Hall that the new director will have to oversee a merger of the departments.

“I always wondered why Andover had two public works departments,” he said, explaining that the new setup will resemble other towns, such as Danvers.

Stapczynski said that after the resumes are studied by a review committee, the field of candidates will be narrowed to a handful and a finalist will be chosen from there.

The process will take about six weeks. He said he expects the new municipal services director will be chosen by January.

Assistant town manager

Selectmen said with Bucuzzo’s departure, the town has the opportunity to rethink the assistant town manager’s position.

They told Hall and Stapczynski that the next assistant town manager needs to take some of the workload off the town manager.

“We need to reduce your direct reports,” Vispoli told Stapczynski, suggesting Andover Youth Services and Community Development and Planning as two departments that could be shifted to the assistant town manager. Others mentioned the Punchard (Senior) Center.

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