Friday - October 12, 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Boot Camp for new or aspiring administrators is a nuts and bolts session. Topics include general municipal management, department head relations, finance and breaking into the business.

Boot camp was established primarily for new managers who were seeking help since they had just been appointed in the position. This is a training session for developing survival skills and tools that will help with success. In addition, we welcome assistant managers and department heads or senior personnel that seek to become managers in the future. This is not a training session for line personnel.

This meeting is free, but registration is required. The deadline to register is Oct. 5.


8-8:30 a.m.
Coffee and Registration

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome, Introductions and Overview
Fred Turkington, Town Administrator, Sharon
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Arlington and MMMA President
Mark Purple, Town Administrator, Southborough
Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator, Franklin
Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager, Needham
Andrew Flanagan, Town Manager, Andover

8:45-10:15 a.m.
Finance 101
Finance is one of those important tasks that can make or break a manager. What are the basics of this area, particularly with the overall guidelines that Proposition 2 ½ provide in this State.
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Arlington
Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager, Arlington

10:15-10:30 a.m.

The Basics of Municipal Management
This session will focus on issues that managers/administrators face on a daily basis.  It will include the following topics:

  • What are the different forms of government
  • Working with selectmen, other boards, citizens, press, and staff
  • How to be a leader in your community
  • Building effective relationships
  • How to show community pride
  • Developing a support network

The speakers encourage participants to bring their questions to the workshop so they can cover as many as time allows.
Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager, Needham
Andrew Flanagan,Town Manager, Andover
Jeff Nutting,Town Administrator, Franklin
Mark Purple, Town Administrator, Southborough
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Arlington

Noon-12:45 p.m.

12:45 – 2 p.m.
Breaking into the Business
There are always questions on how to break into the ranks of municipal management and how to navigate the process. Speakers are managers who have recently gone through transition. They will provide insight to their thought process when they decided to move on as well as offer tips on how to ensure that the community is a right fit.
Buzz Stapczysnki, Senior Management Consultant, Human Resources Services
Jamie Hellen, Deputy Town Administrator, Franklin
Jennifer Thompson, Town Administrator, Plainville

2-2:45 p.m.
The Department Head View of a Successful Manager
Critical people in the life of a manager include department heads.  What do they see as traits that make a successful manager? What do they want from you in that position?
William Brooks, Chief of Police, Norwood
Kevin Cafferty, Director, Department of Public Works, Scituate
Kelly LaFleur, Finance Director, Concord

2:45-3 p.m.
Final Thoughts, Questions and Wrap up

Sharon Community Center, 219 Massapoag Ave., Sharon

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker
Massachusetts Municipal Management Association