Originally posted at 10:50 a.m. Last updated at 6:45 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer announced today, March 6, that she has appointed Thatcher W. Kezer III as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Framingham.
Kezer has more than 25 years of experience working with and for government at the state, regional and local level, and recently served as a Senior Vice President for MassDevelopment overseeing the redevelopment of Devens.
Kezer held previous positions with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, was the Mayor for the City of Amesbury from 2006 through 2013, and Director of Purchasing and Contract Administration for the City of Beverly.
He recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, previously serving in the United States Air Force. He lives in Amesbury.
“I am pleased that Mr. Kezer has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for the City of Framingham and look forward to his start on April 2. Mr. Kezer brings an extensive history in the public, private and non-profit sectors that will contribute to Framingham’s success moving forward through the transition into the city form of governance. Mr. Kezer will fulfill a key role in the City of Framingham’s administration, providing oversight and leadership in our day to day operations,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, in a press release.
Kezer will make $144,897. The position, required by the City Charter, was advertised with a salary range of between 131,475 to $151,697.
According to his agreement, signed by Spicer, upon successful completion of three months of employment, he will receive a 3 percent increase, effective July 2, 2018, for a base salary of $149,243.91 for FY 2019.
He will receive four weeks of vacation and full benefits.
There were 27 applicants for the position. Seven candidates were interviewed by the Mayor, Former Town Manager Robert Halpin, Director of Human Resources Dolores Hamilton and the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administration and Finance Mary Ellen Kelley
“I am excited to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the City of Framingham and to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to add Framingham to the list of great cities to live, work and visit. I am grateful for the opportunity Mayor Spicer is providing me.” said Thatcher Kezer in a press release.
The COO serves at the pleasure of the Mayor, and does not require Council approval.
“Mayor Spicer’s selection of Thatcher Kezer to lead and serve as our city’s first Chief Operating Officer is a brilliant move,” said Adam Freudberg, Chair of the Framingham School Committee.
“Thatcher is a skilled municipal manager with a proven record of success. I have known and worked with Thatcher in his recent roles as Senior Vice President for MassDevelopment at Devens, when he was Mayor of the City of Amesbury, and during his many years of service as a Lt. Colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard where he supported the military, veterans, and their families in dozens of communities across the Commonwealth,” said Freudberg.
With Thatcher’s new role as our COO, I expect we will all continuously see a manager who tackles each challenge or opportunity in a productive, respectful, and common sense fashion to simply get the job done. At this historic time in Framingham’s history I am extremely confident in his ability to support Mayor Spicer and city government. I am energized by the chance to again work with him, as well as with Mayor Spicer and the rest of our School Committee to support our public school system and community at the beginning of our new era as a city,” said Freudberg.