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July 24, 2013

Assistant manager eyes lead role

ANDOVER — The town’s assistant town manager, Steve Bucuzzo, has been named a finalist in Dracut’s search for a town manager.

Bucuzzo, 49 and a Haverhill resident, first came to Andover in June of 2001. He’s one of four finalists for the head spot in Dracut, though he declined to comment on his candidacy other than to confirm he is a finalist.

“The candidates have not yet been interviewed by the Dracut Board of Selectmen,” Bucuzzo said via email. “I am not sure exactly when that will take place. But I should be able to comment about my candidacy after that happens.”

As an assistant town manager in Andover, Bucuzzo made $124,589.51 in Andover last year.

Prior to coming to Andover, Bucuzzo was also town administrator in Rockport, according to Andover Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski.

Stapczynski said he’s happy for Bucuzzo, and that he thinks the lead spot in Dracut is “the right move for him with his experience.”

As assistant town manager, Bucuzzo reports to Stapczynski and helps with a lot of the heavy lifting and information gathering on town manager initiatives too large to be tackled by one person. Examples include budget development and administrative reports to town committees and boards, Stapczynski said.

Other finalists for the top spot in Dracut include: Michael Farrell, town administrator in Georgetown; David Marciello, town administrator in Rehoboth; and Pamela Nolan, town administrator in Seekonk.

The next town manager will replace retiring Town Manager Dennis Piendark when he retires in November after 26 years leading the town, according to Tom Bomil, Dracut’s director of Public Health and chair of the Town Manager Search Committee.

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