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August 28, 2013

Dracut picks Bucuzzo as new town manager

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After graduating from college, he worked as Budget & Management Assistant for Wellesley. He is a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Airborne Infantry.

In Andover, Selectmen praised Bucuzzo for the work he did on the annual budget as well as on the town’s website.

“He’s done a lot of the financial work for us,” said Selectman Brian Major, who worked with Bucuzzo since he joined the town in 2011. “He understands how to put the financial package together for the budget process each year and he’s done a lot of work from the web perspective.”

Stapczynski agreed, saying that Bucuzzo was an advocate of transparency in government, and was responsible for putting scores of documents online for taxpayers and the public to view.

“He really put us on the map in e-govermnent,” Stapczynski said. “The whole transparency movement was due to him, putting up every possible report, document and budget presentation. Our website may not be flashy, but it’s deep and rich in content. I thank Steve for pulling that together.”

Selectman Dan Kowalski said the expected departure of the assistant town manager will give Stapczynski an opportunity to look at the organization of town government and whether some things need to change.

“It’s a great opportunity for us, too, to allow Buzz to look at the organization of the town and potentially reorganize,” he said. “Buzz has 18 direct reports right now, maybe that will change. I personally think that’s too many.”

An appointment to replace Bucuzzo will be made by Stapczynski, subject to approval from Selectmen.

Selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli, who worked with Bucuzzo for nine years, said he was happy for him.

“It’s a good fit for Steve and a good fit for Dracut,” he said. “He’s a Merrimack Valley resident and he understands the Merrimack Valley. He’s done a lot here in Andover in all facets of the town. He’ll do fine with selectmen. He has a real solid understanding of selectmen, strong town manager, and an open, involved town government.”

The appointment by Dracut is subject to Bucuzzo negotiating a contract and a start date. The Dracut Board of Selectmen were expected to meet in executive session last night to discuss contract negotiations.

More on this story in next week’s Andover Townsman.

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