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Merrimack Valley

January 23, 2013

Selectmen double town manager's list of goals

ANDOVER — Going into their third year of giving Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski annual goals, the Board of Selectmen have doubled the list of objectives and changed how they’re executed.

While previous iterations of the town manager’s goals have contained four or five objectives to complete by the end of the year, Stapczynski now has 10 tasks to deliver on, with some due in just a few months, according to officials.

How Stapczynski is graded in completing the goals is also changing.

“In the last two years that I’ve been on the board, it was a math problem. We assigned a number to each one of the goals, and we added up each of the totals,” he said. “We weren’t taking into consideration his management style and ability to lead people.”

This time around, the 10 goals range from bringing options for large town projects to residents for a vote, merging town departments, settle labor contracts by a specific date and act on plans to outsource specific town operations.

Most of the goals focus on projects that have been under way for years.

“These are multi-year, huge projects for us, and many of them need to be started now because it’s going to take quite a bit of discussion and policy development,” Stapczynski said. “These are not one-and-done kinds of projects. These are huge for the community.”

Each goal has anywhere from one to five “deliverables” meant to measure his progress as time moves forward.

They’re “touch points,” Stapczynski said. “Many of these, they culminate in a Town Meeting vote or some sort of legislative decision or policy development.”

In previous years, Stapczynski’s ability to complete the goals has also determined how much of a raise he gets from one year to the next. That won’t be the case this year, Salafia said, but the concept is still there.

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