Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 24, 2014

Youth in Town Government Day offers insider's perspective on town's leaders

Local officials share careers for Youth in Town Government Day

The Andover/North Andover League of Women Voters teamed with Andover High School and town officials to present its third annual Youth in Town Government Day last week.

Students got the chance to step into the shoes of the police chief, town clerk, town manager, public health director and others for the day and see what their jobs entailed.

As they shadowed the town leaders, the high-schoolers also had the opportunity to inform them about the issues they feel are important to both their lives and those of the youths of the community.

The day began with a get-acquainted session at Memorial Hall Library featuring icebreaker exercises provided by Andover Youth Services. Then it was off to spend a couple hours with their respective town officials as they went about their business.

Following lunch, Town Moderator Sheila Doherty led the group in a discussion regarding Town Meeting that included a question-and-answer session.

The pairings for the day were:

Police Chief Patrick Keefe: Brianna Atwood and Joe Vano

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Connors: Courtney Comeau

Town Clerk Larry Murphy: Zach Perry

Library Director Beth Mazin: Michaela McMullen

Youth Services Director Bill Fahey: Kyle Curtis and Meagan Levanthal

Planning Director Paul Materazzo: Amy Bolten

Public Health Director Tom Carbone: Leila Aruri

Assistant Finance Director/Town Accountant Theo Moccia: Jack Cox

Community Services Director Kim Stamas: Maddison Tassanari

Human Resources Director Candace Hall: Beth Manson

Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski: Connor Batsimm

Molly Foley coordinated the April 16 event for the League of Women Voters, while Mary Robb was instrumental in identifying the students for participation and securing the appropriate approval forms. Sandy Cassano helped to arrange the food and oversaw communication with the department heads.

Andover Youth Services provided the transportation to and from the high school. In addition to Fahey, the team from Andover Youth Services included Glenn Wilson, Tony Lombardi, Kyle Lightner and Neal Callahan.

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