8 Apply for 3 Seats on Framingham Strategic and Financial Oversight Committee

FRAMINGHAM – The 11-member Framingham City Council received eight applications for three seats on the 9-member, newly-created Strategic Initiatives and Financial Oversight Committee.

Created by the City’s Charter, the Committee is tasked with advising the Mayor, City Council and School Committee on the status of Framingham’s long-range strategic plan, the state of the municipal economy, sufficiency of municipal revenues, and other fiscal matters.


The strategic committee will be comprised of 9 members, of which 3 would be appointed by the Mayor, 3 would be appointed by the 11-member City Council, and 3 would be appointed by the 9-member School Committee.

Applying to the City Council for appointment by the December 28, 2018 deadline is a former finance and school committee member, two former state representative candidates, a former Framingham High class president, two former city council candidates, one former school committee candidate, and a former town moderator.

Both the Framingham School Committee and the Mayor, extended their deadline for applicants.

As of last week, the School Committee had five applicants for three seats. The Mayor’s office would not release how many applicants until after the new deadline for applications closed.

Applying for the Framingham City Council appointments are:

Mike Gatlin – a lawyer, and a recent candidate for state representative. he is chair of the Framingham Economic Development Industrial Commission, President of Framingham Downtown Inc., and Vice President of the Framingham State University Foundation.

Richard Baritz – a retired IRS employee and former Town Meeting member, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for School Committee in District 9 in 2017.

Jacob Binnall – a former Framingham High School class president, now attending UMass Amherst. He was appointed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer to serve on Framingham’s Community Development Committee, and currently serves in student government at college.

Gerard Desilets – a lawyer, and a semi-retired South Middlesex Opportunity Council employee, he is a former Town Moderator for Framingham for 7 years.

Scott Ellinwood – a financial professional, who has a MBA. He ran unsuccessfully for city council in District 6 in 2017.

Mary Kate Feeney – owner/founder of Dockside media, she is a former Communication Manager with the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and Director of Online Media in the Gov. Patrick administration. She is a former candidate for state representative.

David Miles – A former Framingham School Committee and Framingham Finance Committee member, Miles is currently the co-chair of the School Building Committee for Fuller Middle School. He has a financial background.

Amanda Shepard – a professional scientist, and a former candidate for City Council in District 4.

” I have placed on the January 8th agenda the referral of the the applicants to the Appointment Subcommittee for review and recommendations. Of course it will be up to the council if they want to follow a different process,” said City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti told Source.

Typically, the process for appointments is for the subcommittee to review and possibly interview candidates, and then make recommendation to the full 11-member Council to vote on appointments.

The City Council could appoint three members to the Strategic Committee this month.

The City of Framingham began advertising in mid-November for the positions.

The Charter states Committee members may not hold any other elected or appointed office with the City of Framingham.

Applicants could choose which appointing authority they apply to, and could apply to more than one – Mayor, City Council, and School Committee.

Source was told one candidate applied to all three.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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