UPDATED: City Council Subcommittee To Interview Mayor’s Picks For License Commissioner Next Week

FRAMINGHAM – The 5-member Framingham City Council appointment subcommittee plans to interview Mayor Yvonne Spicer’s five candidates for Framingham License Commissioner next week.

The City Council subcommittee, chaired by at-large City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll, met for the first time  Tuesday night.

Prior to the subcommittee meeting at 6, Tully Stoll had a meeting with the Mayor in her office.

The subcommittee requested that interviews with the 5 candidates be scheduled for Monday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 9 at 6 p.m.

The five candidates the mayor would like to appoint are:

  • Adam R. Barnosky, who owns a legal practice specializing in alcoholic beverage licensing and regulatory compliance.
  • Sara Mulkeen, employed with Framingham State University as the Manager of Digital Communications and Interactive Media and a former reporter for the MetroWest Daily News.
  • Tiel Doust Wadland, who has over five years of experience in the restaurant industry, managing seven restaurants with 150 employees. Tiel is currently employed as AVP, Basel Risk/Financial Regulatory Assurance at State Street Corporation.
  • Cesar Monzon, a former Framingham Selectmen and Information Specialist for the Office of the Census Bureau. He has extensive knowledge of Massachusetts General Laws governing the licenses issued; and past experience and involvement making decisions granting and revocation of licenses
  • Joao Paulo Sakai de Freitas, who has been a business account representative with Comcast Corporation since 2009.


The Mayor’s office has not released publicly the number of applicants for the Commission. The Mayor has also not released the names of the other applicants to the City Council.

To be eligible for the position of Commissioner, candidates are required to be residents of Framingham, registered voters and able to pass a background check. No person while a member of the Board of License Commissioners shall have any financial interest, direct or indirect, in the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages in any form within the City of Framingham.

The Mayor selected the five individuals above, after a screening committee consisting of a Framingham Police Officer, the Framinham Health Director, Town Counsel, the current Licensing Administrator, and a member of the Human Resources Department reviewed the applicants.

“I am pleased to share the names of the individuals that have been chosen as candidates for the first Board of License Commissioners for the City of Framingham with the City Council-Elect and the community now that the screening process is complete. I look forward to discussing the candidates and their qualifications with the City Council at the January 2, 2017 meeting,” said Mayor-Elect Yvonne M. Spicer in a press release in December.

Spicer did not discuss any of the candidates at tonight’s meeting.

The City Council appointment subcommittee is expected to make a recommendation to the full 11-member Council to vote on the 5 names by the Council’s January 16 meeting.

Per the Charter, the City Council can vote to reject any appointment by the Mayor to a multi-member vote with a majority vote. That would mean six out of the 11 Councilors.

The appointment subcommittee voted to make a recommendation to the full Council on each individual as opposed to the entire slate of candidates.

Members of the appointment subcommittee in addition to Tully Stoll are District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon, District 5 City Councilor Dennis Giombetti, District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard, and District 9 City Councilor Edgardo Torres.

The appointment subcommittee also discussed how they would like to review appointments from the Mayor past these first appointments to the License Commission last night.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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