Thursday - September 19, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Online registration for this meeting is now closed; the meeting is at capacity. Please email Denise Baker at to be placed on the waitlist. You will be notified if we are able to register you by Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. Thank you.

The monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association on Sept. 19 will focus on sharpening human resources and bargaining skills.

The agenda includes a session on how to examine the content and true cost of contracts. A panel discussion will feature Arlington Deputy Town Manager Sandy Pooler, Arlington Human Resources Director Caryn Malloy and Concord Finance Director Kerry LaFleur.

Attendees will also hear from management representatives on the Joint Labor-Management Committee, who will discuss how to prepare for dispute resolution.

Attorney Liz Valerio will wrap up the program with a labor law update.

HR directors are welcome to register and accompany MMMA members.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Devens Common from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


8:45-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

9:30 a.m.
James Boudreau, Scituate Town Administrator and MMMA President

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Costing Out the Cost of Contracts
What are the latest trends in contracts? What are people putting in their contracts? The panel will answer these questions and discuss costing out their latest contracts.
Caryn Cove Malloy, Human Resources Director, Arlington
Sandy Pooler, Assistant Town Manager, Arlington
Kerry LaFleur, Finance Director, Concord

10:30-11:15 a.m.
JLMC Overview
Liz Valerio, Attorney, Valerio, Dominello & Hillman

Everything You Need to Prepare for Dispute Resolution
As you are heading into a Joint Labor-Management Committee negotiation, have you done everything you possibly can to prepare? The speakers will share their experiences and offer guidance on everything you can do to set yourself up for success.
Jill Goldsmith, Chatham Town Manager and Management Chair of the JLMC
Dean Mazzarella, Leominister Mayor and Management Vice Chair of the JLMC

Legislative Update
Lisa Adams, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst

12:15 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Devens Common

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker
Massachusetts Municipal Management Association