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Montuori Given A Five-Star Review By Board of Selectman

Dec 04, 2014 09:46AM ● By Bill Gilman

Town Manager Richard Montuori, right, was given a glowing review by the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.

Tewksbury Town manager Richard Montuori received glowing endorsements from all five members of the Board of Selectmen during his annual review Tuesday night.

Montuori was praised specifically for his communication skills, leadership and fiscal management. 

"You keep us involved with everything you're working on. The way you inform us and work with us on the budget is exemplary," said Selectman David Gay. "I think (hiring Montuori) was one of the best moves this town has ever done."

Selectman Jim Wentworth complimented the weekly written reports Montuori files and shares with the board, as helping selectmen communicate better answer questions from residents.

"Those weekly reports are perfection, they are incredibly thorough," said Wentworth. "(They give us) a sense of the progress on all the projects going on in town."

The board members also made a point of praising the integrity and transparency, which they say Montuori has brought to his office and, though his department heads, all of town government.

"An A-plus is what you've earned this year but there is still work to do and I understand that," said Selectman Scott Wilson.

The only criticism of Montuori, and it was shared by all the selectmen, was that he does too much and selectmen directed him to work on a plan to hand off some of his responsibilities.

"I do have some concerns about (your) ability to delegate some of your duties moving forward," said Selectman Bruce Panalaitis, who expressed concerns about potential "burnout" down the road. He suggested the addition of an assistant town manager or another staff member who could take on some of the duties, if it were fiscally possible to do so,

Montuori acknowledged the importance of being able to add a Town Hall staff member at some point, stressing it was just a matter of finding the money to do it.

The sterling review comes with a two percent raise, which hikes Montuori’s salary to $153,900 a year. The raise is retroactive to July 1. The two percent is equal to the maximum raises given other town employees this fiscal year.

"Two percent, frankly, doesn't reflect the value added you bring to the table," said Board Chairman Todd Johnson.

"I'm very happy, thank you," said Montuori, who started working in Tewksbury in January 2010, and is entering the final year of his second three-year contract.

Montuori commented only briefly on the review. He praised his department heads and the board for helping to make his job much easier.

"In 20 years doing this (type of) job, this is as good a Board of Selectman as I've ever worked with," he said.

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