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Pooler takes manager's office, until July '23

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UPDATED: The evening before Adam Chapdelaine's Town Hall farewell on June 17, the Select Board voted, 5-0, to name Sandy Pooler as Arlington’s new town manager.

His contract, which described his title as acting town manager and ends on July 28, 2023, spells out his annual salary at $225,000. See his contract >>

Despite the title, Select Board Chairman Len Diggins told YourArlington, "he is as much the town manager as Adam was, with the exception that his contract ends . . . about 13 months from now instead of running for three years.”

In January 2016, Pooler was named the town’s deputy town manager and in 2018 became director of the then-formed finance department. He began his new role June 18.

'Wealth of financial, legal knowledge'

Before his latest appointment, Pooler's annual salary was $149,719. When he was hired in January 2016, his annual salary was $120,000.

The town manager supervises and directs the administration of all town departments and employees in accordance with the Town Manager’s Act. 

“The board is pleased Sandy has accepted the appointment,” Diggins said in a town news release. “In addition to bringing a wealth of financial and legal knowledge to the role, Sandy brings a deep well of institutional knowledge. I’m confident will be of great benefit to staff and the Arlington community.” 

The finance department includes the offices of the assessors, comptroller, purchasing and treasurer. It develops the town manager’s budgets and capital plan requests, as well as long-range forecasts. 

“Arlington is a wonderful community and I am honored that I have been entrusted with these new responsibilities,” said Pooler in the release. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with residents and staff to ensure the delivery of the high-quality services Arlington residents expect and deserve." 

Before coming to Arlington, Pooler has held many roles in municipal government, including service as the finance director for the Town of Amherst and the chief budget officer and chief administrative officer for the City of Newton. He worked at the Massachusetts House of Representatives as legal counsel to multiple committees. He has served as a legal clerk for Albert Lee Stephens Jr., a U.S. District Court judge.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a juris doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles School or Law and a master in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has been admitted to both the California and Massachusetts bars. He is a member of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association and Massachusetts Municipal Managers Association. He speaks frequently at government finance and management events and teaches a course on government finance and budgeting at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass/Boston. 

Permanent manager search

The Select Board has chosen Community Paradigm Associates of Plymouth, at a cost of $14,000, to conduct an executive search for a permanent town manager.

Leading the company is Bernard F. Lynch, the former city manager of Lowell. See the agenda documents about Paradigm here >> 

Feb. 17, 2022: Manager says proposed $196m fiscal '23 budget prepares for future override

This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert and Editor Bob Sprague was published Tuesday, June 21, 2022. It was updated that day to add a link to his contract.

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