Wanted: Framingham Chief Operating Officer; Pays Up to $151,697

FRAMINGHAM – The Mayor of Framingham Yvonne Spicer is advertising for a Chief Operating Officer, as of today, December 29.

The position has a salary range between $131,475 to $151,697.

The newly-elected Mayor’s salary is estimated at $189,000.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin, whose job ceases to exist on December 31, is listed as being paid a gross salary of $192,330.24 in his final year. Framingham Assistant Town Manager James Duane is listed as being paid a gross salary of $131,114.88. Framingham Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelley is listed with a salary $150,065.70.

Framingham voters in April approved a change from a town form of government to a city form of government. That change eliminates the Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager positions.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin was given a 6-month contract by Selectmen earlier this year to stay on an assist the Mayor. His title will be “special advisor to the Mayor.”

According to the job description on the MMA website, the City of Framingham Chief Operating Officer supports the day-to-day operations of the city.

The position includes oversight of all city divisions/departments and coordination of special projects and interdepartmental initiatives.

The Chief Operating Officer performs a variety of management duties involving municipal projects, budgeting, collective bargaining, and purchasing, and is responsible for the implementation of all policies set by the Mayor.

The Chief Operating Officer provides professional advice to the Mayor, the City Council, and a variety of officials, departments, boards and committees concerning the development, implementation and administration of the policies, goals, regulations, and statutory requirements related to the administration and operation of the city.

Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of five years of executive management experience in municipal government, which includes responsibilities for operations, budgeting, and managing personnel; knowledge of Massachusetts’ government finance with proven experience in administering a multi-million dollar budget.

A master’s degree in public administration, public policy, public finance or other appropriate field is strongly recommended.

Massachusetts Certified Public Procurement Officer is preferred, or ability to attain certification within one year of employment; appropriate combination of relevant experience and education considered.

The City of Framingham will keep this position open until a suitable candidate is chosen, according to the job posting.

The Framingham City Council can review any appointment for division heads by the Mayor, who will be sworn in on January 1.

Yesterday, in an interview with Framingham Source, the Mayor said she has not hired any new employees.

Any mayoral appointment will become effective after 30 days submitted to the Framingham City Council, unless there is a 2/3rd vote of the full Council to reject the appointment, per the Charter.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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