The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 15, 2009

Town Administrator to retire

Madonna McKenzie will retire as Carlisle’s Town Administrator, effective at the conclusion of her contract on September 30. She announced her plans during the brief Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting held just prior to Town Meeting on May 4, according to BOS Chair Doug Stevenson. He said that the board was grateful that she has given the board time to find her replacement before she leaves.

Later, McKenzie spoke briefly about her decision to retire. She said that her job has been rewarding and, “I’m pleased with what I have accomplished.” However, she said factors contributing to her retirement included the position’s long hours and evening meetings often requiring 15-to-16-hour workdays. Noting she was 61 years old, she added, “Sometimes you just know when it’s time to move on.”

She is looking forward to having more time for volunteer work. McKenzie and her husband live in Westford, where in the past she has volunteered on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. She has also served on the board for Lowell-based Community Teamwork, Inc. (, a non-profit agency that provides assistance to low-income people through housing, fuel assistance and educational programs.

McKenzie came to Carlisle in 2000 after serving as Westford’s interim Town Manager. Stevenson recalled that McKenzie began working in Carlisle as interim Town Administrator that April and six months later was given a three-year contract. Twice, her contract has been renewed for additional three-year terms.

“She’s the longest-serving Town Administrator that we’ve had,” said Stevenson. “She’s accomplished quite a bit in those nine years.” ∆

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