Deputy town manager, 26, appointed

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The youth movement continues at Town Hall. Andrew P. Flanagan, 26, has been appointed to serve as deputy town manager, beginning May 21, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has announced. Flanagan, who has been Newburyport's director of policy and administrations, will be paid $94,210 annually in Arlington.

In a news release Wednesday, April 25, the town describes the job of deputy town manager as performing highly complex and critical administrative duties, including the preparation of operating and capital budgets and the five-year plan, formulation of health insurance policy, collective bargaining, insurance administration, long-range financial forecasting and performance measurement, and the Financial Plan.

Before he was elevated to town manager in February, Chapdelaine, 32, had served in the position. He succeeded longtime deputy manager Nancy Galkowski, who served Brian Sullivan and Donald Marquis.

Flanagan was selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants, the release said. Members of the selection team were Chapdelaine, Frederick Ryan, chief of police; Peter Naum, former finance director for the Town of Bedford; Maryellen Loud, the town library directory, who has retired; and Caryn Malloy, town personnel director.

"I was extremely impressed by the depth of Mr. Flanagan’s experience in city and town budgeting," Chapdelaine in the release. "His knowledge and understanding of municipal services will be a great asset to Arlington. I am confident that Mr. Flanagan will provide the highest quality of service to Arlington and I am pleased he has accepted the appointment."

In Newburyport, his responsibilities include the oversight and management of all municipal departments and functions, the management of the $58 million municipal budget, negotiation and management of the collective-bargaining process, as well as other projects that focus on improving governmental processes.

He previously worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council managing the daily operations of the Metro West Office, advocating regionalization of municipal services and providing management support to the region’s cities and town.

A Winthrop native, Flanagan holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from Stonehill College. He is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, Massachusetts Government Finance Officer Association, and International City/County Managers Association.

This story was published Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

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