Framingham City Council Unanimously Approves Mayor’s Nominee for Citizen Participation Officer

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Editor’s Note: Screenshot taken when Ms. Franca removed her mask to answer a question from a City Councilor. She wore her mask during the meeting except when speaking.


FRAMINGHAM – The 11-member Framingham City Council tonight, February 15, unanimously approved Mayor Charlie Sisitsky nomination of Keziah Franca as the City’s Citizen Participation Officer.

Franca, who is multilingual, will be the City’s second-ever Citizen Participation Officer.

Current employed by the Framingham Public Schools Keziah Franca, she grew up in Framingham and is a product of the public school system.

The Citizen Participation Officer (CPO) was created by the City Charter when Framingham became a City in 2018. The salary range is $65,500 to $84,779.

The City’s first-ever Citizen participation Officer resigned in October, 2021.

Franca has been the wrap around coordinator for the Framingham Public Schools since March 2021. prior to that she was the office manager for Stapleton Elementary School, between August 2019 and March 2021.

She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and can speak some Italian.

“Resume speaks for itself,” said City Council Chair Phil Ottaviani Jr.

Ottaviani said she was the “perfect candidate for the job.”

Before coming to the Framingham Public Schools, Franca was a bilingual advocate with Voices Against Violence, which is part of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) umbrella.

At large City Councilor Janet Leombruno said she was “thrilled” with the Mayor’s choice.

District 5 City Councilor Noval Alexander praised her work as a wraparound coordinator at McCarthy Elementary and said her resume was “impeccable.”

District 8 City Councilor John Stefanini commended Mayor Sisitsky on his selection of an individual who speaks both Spanish and Portuguese, like so many individuals within the City of Framingham.


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