During my time at Randolph High School I was involved in Student Council and was a student representative for the School Committee. From that experience I learned how local government and school departments work. I had some great teachers who inspired me to think of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do.
After high school I went to Massasoit Community College studying business. I received my undergraduate degree in political science, then my Masters in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. I originally went to school for business, but then I realized I wanted to work for a non-profit or government agency helping people and thereby making a direct impact on their lives.
The life of a town manager is a little different every day. There are lots of meetings and lots of calls. I’m responsible for supervising all the operating departments of the town – Police, Fire, Senior Center, Recreation Department, Light Department, Public Works, Building, Health – and managing those services to carry out our mission to our residents and businesses. The great thing about this job is to see the value of the work you’re doing. Everything you do is helping a community and its people. The challenge is balancing what people want versus what the expectations or the means are. Someone may want a new road, someone might want a new park, someone else may want to save the money. These are all valid options.
In the future I hope to continue providing innovated services for the community of Norwood and in the process mentor others whose career path may lead them into local government.