Saturday - December 7, 2019
8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Following city elections in November, the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association will host a workshop for newly elected councillors on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Worcester.

The conference will include three breakout sessions, on municipal budgeting, constituent services, and navigating the role of a city councillor.

“You’ve Been Elected – Now What? Navigating Your Role as a Councillor” will be the theme of the keynote address, which will focus on introducing councillors to the resources they have in their cities and throughout the Commonwealth, including the MMA and MMCA.

The conference will be held at the College of the Holy Cross. While the training is aimed at newly elected councillors, veterans are also welcome.


8:30 a.m.
Registration, Networking, Breakfast

9 a.m.
President’s Welcome
Monica Medeiros, MMCA President, Melrose City Councillor

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
You’ve Been Elected – Now What? Navigating Your Role as a Councillor
Cecilia Calabrese, MMA Vice President, Town Councillor, Agawam
Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Department of Revenue
Mike Zwirko, City Councillor, Melrose
Moderator: Monica Medeiros, MMCA President, City Councillor, Melrose

10:45 a.m.
Workshop I: Introduction to Open Meeting/Public Records Law
Carolyn Murray, Attorney, KP Law
Moderator: Claire Freda, City Councillor, Leominster

12:15 p.m.

1 p.m.
Workshop II: City Finance & Budgeting 101
Tom Ambrosino, City Manager, Chelsea
Moderator: Eamon McCarthy Earls, Town Councillor, Franklin

2:30 p.m.
Workshop III: Navigating the Bureaucracy: Managing Relationships with Department Heads & Solving Problems Together
Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi, DPW Director, Franklin
Evan Kenney, Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Amesbury
Ernest Martineau, Chief of Police, Fitchburg

3:15 p.m.

Campus Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker
Massachusetts Municipal Councillors' Association