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

The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association will hold its 10th annual boot camp for new managers on Oct. 12 at the Sharon Community Center.

The day-long training will cover essential topic areas for administrators who are new to the profession and those planning to transition from department head to management. These topics include general municipal management, working with department heads, breaking into the management business, and finance 101.

The event is free and registration is open to all municipal managers and assistants and those currently transitioning into these positions. Department heads, state professionals, and others looking to transition to municipal management are encouraged to attend.


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

Overview of MIIA, Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association
Stan Corcoran, Executive Vice President

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
Kerry 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