Friday, June 29, 2001
Meet Sean McFadden, new administrative assessor
As of Monday June 18, Sean McFadden, a resident of Lowell, takes over the second-floor Town Hall assessor's office, vacated by Rena Swezey last April. McFadden has been working in the field of assessing for 13 years and has been a Massachusetts Accredited Assessor since 1990. He comes to Carlisle from a position of assistant assessor for the town of Rowley, Massachusetts.
In his present position McFadden will work with Carlisle's elected board of assessors in viewing properties with new building permits, analyzing local sales trends, and setting values for properties in town. Although the state requires revaluation every three years, McFadden and the assessors will look at values every year and make adjustments annually. "This makes for more consistency," said McFadden. "We need to be within five percent of current valuation." While the board members set policy and approve major decisions, McFadden will manage the day-to-day activities of the assessors office, bringing issues and problems to the attention of the board.
McFadden grew up in Lowell in a family of eight children. (He is number six.) After attending Northern Essex Community College and the University of Lowell, he worked for the city of Lowell for over ten years, four as an assistant assessor and six as assessor. He left Lowell when the opportunity arose to work for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in the Bureau of Local Assessment. "However," he says, "I missed the interaction with the public and decided to go back into an assessor's office setting." He found that in Rowley, a town comparable in size to Carlisle, which is also experiencing "dramatic growth." Why did he leave Rowley? The commute from Lowell to the Northshore town was "too much."
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