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REPORT OF THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR 2009

I feel somewhat presumptuous as I pen this report, because I am here as an interim administrator, with only five and a half months on the job in 2009. Though they were very busy months, I don’t feel as if I can realistically take credit for what got accomplished through this office in 2009. Most of my time since I began work in mid- July has been spent listening, coordinating important processes and keeping projects on track and on time. The community is beautiful, the people I have met have been mostly warm and supportive and I have been honored to hold this position.

2009 started out with James Malloy as the Town Administrator and it is obvious that he worked very hard to put together a solid budget, both operating and capital. Jim’s goals were to bring Town government to be more responsive, more effective, and, ultimately, a more efficient organization. To that end he worked closely with the Board of Selectmen on issues dealing with infrastructure improvements, financial management, personnel administration, and technology planning. When Jim left Sturbridge at the end of June, he left a solid legacy of accomplishments and the groundwork for the future; a legacy of service that may never be equaled.

I took would follow

over as Interim Town Administrator in early like to think I brought seasoned experience through on the many issues and projects

July and hit the ground running. to the position and did my best underway in the community.

I to I

coordinated the day-to-day operations of the a full-time Administrator. Much of my time

various departments while the since I arrived has been spent

Town sought meeting with

various elected officials, with committee members, with staff and members of community and learning as much as I can about Sturbridge. I did my best to guide government process, to watch the necessary Federal and State regulations; and to dot

the the the

i’s and cross the t’s. There is a huge amount of day-to-day coordination involved in running a municipal government, and the process works best central focal point to oversee the whole operation.

and detail work when there is a

I want to use this occasion to publicly recognize all the volunteers who contribute so much to the community. By volunteers I mean the members of the various boards, commissions and committees, whether elected or appointed, who are so vital to the

Town.

It

is

their

contribution,

both

in

community, which adds that special extra,

time and effort, which really makes this a to the Town of Sturbridge. Look in the front

of the Town Report if you want to read all the volunteer their time and expertise to make this Without all their time and effort this operation does and my job would be impossible.

names of your neighbors and friends who a better place, it’s a pretty impressive list. would never be able to accomplish what it

Sturbridge is also very fortunate to have many dedicated and hardworking individuals serving throughout the various departments. These staff members and department heads are people who genuinely care about the community and their role in making it a better place for the families who call Sturbridge “home.” It has been very heartening for me to

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