Friday, April 14, 2000
Interim town administrator assumes duties
After interviewing four more candidates, the selectmen hired Madonna McKenzie of Westford as Carlisle's interim town administrator. The subcommittee of selectmen John Ballantine and Vivian Chaput agreed that McKenzie has skills and experience that match well with the town's needs. "We perceived that she has all the people skills necessary for working with multiple town departments and she also understands the committee side of town government," according to Ballantine. McKenzie assumed her duties in the Carlisle Town Hall on April 11.
According to her resume, McKenzie served as an interim town manager in Westford from December 1998 to October 1999. She developed the town's $45 million budget which was approved at their Town Meeting without a single line-item reduction. Also, she stated she was instrumental in the reorganization of town management, "improved the morale of town employees and facilitated better interdepartmental cooperation." She completed an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance plan, negotiated with the union, and evaluated employees. Prior to that, McKenzie served for six years on the Westford Board of Selectmen when the town was changing from a town administrator to town manager form of government. She also served for six years on the school committee and participated in a number of regional planning groups.
The selectmen decided on March 24 to hire an interim administrator and re-advertise the full-time position in May after their top three candidates had withdrawn their applications. Ballantine said that McKenzie could apply for the position.
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