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August 28, 2013

Dracut picks Bucuzzo as new town manager

DRACUT — Steve Bucuzzo — Andover’s assistant town manager since June 2001 — has been named the town manager of Dracut.

Bucuzzo, 49, was picked on a 4-0 vote by the Dracut Board of Selectmen during a meeting last night. He will succeed Dennis Piendak, who is retiring in November after 26 years on the job.

In an emailed statement, Bucuzzo said he was honored to have been chosen.

“I am very pleased to hear that the Dracut Selectmen have named me to be their next Town Manager,” he said. “I know they are placing a great deal of trust and faith in me. Dennis Piendak is leaving some big shoes to fill. But I think I am ready and well prepared to take over the helm there.

“I have learned much during my tenure in Andover, and look forward to using my knowledge and experience to help Dracut move forward as well. I plan on working hard each and every day to meet the high expectations of the Selectmen and citizens of Dracut. For now though, I’ll just enjoy the moment, and start thinking about how best to facilitate a smooth transition between communities.”

Bucuzzo, who earned $124,590 in Andover last year, lives in Haverhill with his wife Lynette and stepson. He was one of four finalists for the job.

Town Manager Reginald ‘Buzz’ Stapczynski said he was happy for Bucuzzo, with whom he has worked for the past 12 years.

“I’m excited for him and his family,” Stapczynski said. “He’s ready for it. He’s well-trained, has a great background and great experience. He’ll step up and help lead the community of Dracut.”

Before coming to Andover, Bucuzzo had served as town administrator in Rockport. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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