MMPA Overview

The MMPA (est. 1956) is committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in the field of municipal personnel administration. The MMPA provides professional guidance to more than 200 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. Areas of expertise include municipal compensation and benefits, Chapter 31 procedures (Civil Service legislation), collective bargaining, affirmative action, and training.

The Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management to offer Professional Development Credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP (certified professional or senior certified professional).

The purpose of the MMPA is:

  • To establish and maintain a standard of excellence in the field of municipal personnel administration
  • To gather, circulate and exchange knowledge and information, and to act as a resource center
  • To improve, promote and arrange for the mutual cooperation of municipal personnel officers and agencies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • To act as a legislative advocate for municipal personnel officers and municipal personnel agencies.

Bylaws of Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association

How do I join?

Admission to membership requires an application and certain qualifications. Learn more

Personnel Association Officers - 2019

Mary Beth Bernard
Human Resources Director, Wrentham
MMPA Chair
Vanessa Hale
Assistant Town Administrator, Southborough
MMPA Vice Chair
Richard Tranfaglia
retired member
MMPA Treasurer
Gayle Shattuck
Personnel Director, Watertown
MMPA Secretary

Heather Budrewicz, town administrator, Ashburnham
Denise Casey, assistant town manager, Wilmington
Greg Enos, town administrator, Avon
Joanne Faust, human resources director, Burlington
Amy Foley, human resources director, Concord
Michelle Pizzi, human resources director, Norwood
Jane Sakiewicz, personnel director, Westfield
Michael Taylor, personnel director, Pittsfield

MMPA Benchmark Salary Survey

The MMPA offers a system to provide comparative salary and benefits information for 75 benchmark positions in more than 200 member communities across Massachusetts.

Supervisory Leadership Development Program

Each year, the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association offers a six-day Supervisory Leadership Development Program for local government managers and employees. The interactive learning opportunity is for municipal employees interested in developing or strengthening their supervisory and management skills. Learn more

MMPA Emil Skop Award Information

The Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association’s Emil S. Skop Award is awarded each year to a human resources professional who has made outstanding contributions to the field of municipal human resources management and made a positive impact on the MMPA and its members. Learn more

MMPA Listserv

The MMPA provides a listserv to help members share information. Listserv goals include the circulation of useful resources, building a network among members, and the development of a library of information for members. Learn more

Contact us

Have a question about the Personnel Association, the role of HR professionals, or town government? Contact Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams using this form.