I left full time professional public service in 2017. Since that time I have been attending law school on a full time basis, recently graduating in June of 2019. I also work part-time, 1-2 shifts a week for the Framingham State University Police as a dispatcher. This has been a great experience for me as I attended school full time.
Professionally, I worked as the Assistant Superintendent of the Nashoba Regional School District and the Principal of the Hale Middle School in Stow for 11 years, from 2005-2017.
Prior to my time at Nashoba, I was the Framingham Town Manager from 1999-2005. I served as Framingham Town Clerk from 1993-1999.
I graduated from Framingham South High School in 1978. I went on to graduate from Boston College in 1982 with a B.A. in Political Science.
In 1996 I earned an M.A. in Public Administration from Framingham State University. In 2011 I earned a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in Curriculum and Instruction. In June of 2019 I received a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law/Andover.
Local Government Service
I was elected as a trustee of the Edgell Grove Cemetery from 1978 to 1985, having been elected just a month after my 18th birthday. I also served as a trustee of the Framingham Public Library from 1981 to 1984, and from 1985-1991. I chaired the trustees for three different years of my tenure.
In 1991 Town Moderator Jerry Desilets appointed me to the Framingham Finance Committee. This was an eye opening experience for me, because in that era the Finance Committee was completely in control of the formation and presentation of the town budget. There was no CFO or Town Manager. I learned much about the function (and dysfunction) of town government during that period.
In 1993 I ran for Town Clerk and was elected, defeating the incumbent Town Clerk of 29 years. I ran on a platform of modernization and customer service, initiatives that were long overdue in the Town Clerk's office. I delivered on my campaign promises of bringing modern technology and convenience to the clerk's office, making a major transformation over my six years. I am so pleased to see the clerk's office has continued to evolve and grow these advancements over the last 17 years under the leadership of Valerie Mulvey and now Lisa Ferguson. I actually hired Lisa to the office staff in 1996, so it is particularly gratifying to see her succeed Valerie.
I was re-elected Town Clerk twice, in 1996 and 1999. However the opportunity to become Town Manager availed itself in 1999 and I elected to pursue that opportunity. I was appointed Town Manager in March of 1999 and served for nearly seven years. This was a very challenging position that offered great professional growth. I am proud of my service as Town Manager, I advanced the professionalism of the operations, hired many well respected and successful division heads, and managed the town through some very lean fiscal years. I resigned as Town Manager in late 2005 to take on the new opportunity at Nashoba.
During my tenure as Town Clerk and Town Manager I had the opportunity to serve the Town in other ways. I was the chairman of the Framingham Tercentennial Commission. The Commission was the leadership for the year long celebration of our 300th anniversary as a Town in 2000. I worked with many energetic and dedicated people to bring a truly memorable event to Framingham. Also during this time I served a member of the Framingham Retirement Board, overseeing the Town's independent retirement system. Again, this role provided for a great opportunity to learn about a complex yet fiscally significant part of town government.
When I left my position of Town Manager in 2005 it was the first time since 1978 that I had not served in some role in Framingham's government. After a nearly ten year hiatus I was appointed to the Framingham Finance Committee once again in 2014. The change in the role and the influence of the committee over the last twenty years was stunning. As minimal impact the Finance Committee had in 2014, the experience though allowed me a close up view of the legislative part of our government and what I saw inspired me to run for a position on the Charter Commission.
On March 29, 2016 I was elected to the Framingham Charter Commission. Due to town bylaws my tenure on the Framingham Finance Committee came to an end when I was sworn in to the Charter Commission on March 31, 2016. During the transition period from Town to City I chaired the Town's Bylaw Review Committee, a committee that was mandated by the new charter to help transition the Town to its new government.
I was elected as a City Councilor at-Large in 2017 and serve in that role today.
I was born and brought up in Framingham. My parents moved here in the 1950's and lived the rest of their lives here. My father was the Associate Superintendent of Schools until his death in 1975. The King School on Water St. is named for him. My mother was educated in the License Practical Nursing program at Keefe Tech in the 1970's and worked as a medical-surgical nurse at Newton Wellesley Hospital for over 20 years. My mother was a fixture around this Town and its coffee shops for many years until her death from ALS in 2015. Both my parents loved living in and serving this community.
After graduating from Boston College I returned to living in Framingham. My children Cortney and Kathleen both went to school in Framingham. They attended Dunning and Walsh and graduated from Framingham High School in 2006 and 2008 respectively. They received a wonderful education from the Town's public schools allowing them to attend and graduate from the University of Connecticut and Babson College. Their education has allowed them to both to be successful in their chosen fields.
For many years when my children were young we resided on Perry Henderson Drive. I was active in the my children's education, as a member of the Walsh and Dunning school councils. I was active in the PTO at Dunning and president of the Townwide PTO in the late 90s. I currently own a home in Framingham Center on Auburn Street, right off the Town Common. I love living in Framingham. I look forward to the opportunity to continuing to serve Framingham on the City Council.