Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski has too many people reporting to him, works too many hours and needs help.
That’s what members of the Board of Selectmen are saying after it was announced last week that his second-in-command, Assistant Town Manager Steve Bucuzzo, appears poised to accept the town manager’s job in Dracut.
“We see the town manager as stretched,” Selectman Mary Lyman said. “We have high expectations moving forward to make the assistant town manager’s position more effective for the town.”
Selectman Paul Salafia said the way the position is currently utilized, there’s still too much work falling on the town manager.
“We have selectmen’s meetings until 9 or 10 at night, and he’s up the next day for a 7:30 a.m. meeting,” Salafia said of Stapczynski. “He works very, very hard. Our expectations for the town manager have expanded. He needs good, solid, professional help.
“This is a good opportunity for us to look at the position to make sure he can meet all the goals we have set for him.”
Selectman Brian Major said that when Bucuzzo was hired in June 2001, the position had been upgraded from administrative assistant to assistant town manager.
“We upgraded it to take some additional responsibilities off Buzz’s plate,” he said. “This is a chance for us to do a sanity check. Is it still necessary? Is this the best way to utilize that resource?”
Selectman Dan Kowalski said Bucuzzo’s departure will give Stapczynski a chance to step back and assess town operations and the delineation of responsibilities.
“It’s a great opportunity for us, to allow Buzz to look at the organization of the town and potentially reorganize,” he said. “Buzz has 18 direct reports (of town employees) right now, maybe that will change. I personally think that’s too many.”