FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer told Framingham Source tonight, February 27, she has interviewed candidates for the City of Framingham’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).
The position, which was first advertised on the City’s website on December 29, has since been removed from the website.
The salary range for the COO position is $131,475 to $151,697.
According to the job description, theChief 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 position would be the #2 position in the City, behind the Mayor, who is paid about $189,000 a year.
Spicer told Source she “hopes to” appoint a COO “this week.”
“There are some things, we still have to sort out. Everybody is still trying to find their way,” said Spicer, who said she meets with the Council regularly and with the municipal staff.
“Once we get to a system, knowing all of the moving parts, we will be fine,” said Mayor Spicer.
In regards to specifically the COO position, Mayor Spicer said. “I’m looking at moving forward trying to lock in a mayoral office staff. Truly, if it’s just me doing this work, it’s impossible.”
The Mayor told Source she has interviewed candidates.
“And we are hopefully going to see where we can go with them,” said the Mayor. “It the kind of thing, trying to find the right fit for Framingham, and that’s important.”
The City of Framingham began on January 1, 2018. The COO position would likely be named after March 1, according to the Mayor.
It is unknown how many individuals applied. Source requested on Friday the number of applicants and the number of those interviewed. Source has yet to receive a response.
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, according to the posted job description.
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., according to the job description.
The job description said 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.”