METHUEN — As head of the Information Technology department for the city, Methuen native John Molori enjoyed eight years of not wearing a tie to work. When he returned to the mayor’s office last week, a change of wardrobe was in order.
“People don’t think I own ties or know how to button a shirt, but I can,” he joked.
In fact, Mayor Stephen Zanni is the second Methuen mayor to select Molori to serve as executive secretary, an aide to the mayor who deals with the public, the press and any number of other day-to-day activities.
Under former Mayor Sharon Pollard, Molori says he developed an enthusiasm for getting involved in the city in a hands-on way. Following her term, Molori was selected as head of the Information Technology department, but when IT became privatized in May, he was excited to return upstairs.
“I think the transition has actually gone really well. I think it’s ongoing. There will definitely be some changes as to how IT is done and how requests are responded to in the city, but I think the early returns are really positive. I think they’re going to do a good job,” Molori said.
He has been working one-on-one with Corporate IT, the Norwood-based company now responsible for ironing out computer glitches across all of the city’s departments, including city hall, police and fire.
The city council unanimously approved Zanni’s proposal privatizing the IT department in May. It was the mayor’s third attempt to outsource IT work to a private company since he first took office in 2012. Four IT positions were cut, though only three of the positions were filled at the time. Molori was the only employee to move to another job within city hall. Former IT employee Peter Stone was offered a position in the Department of Public Works, but turned it down. The move to privatize will save the city $536,617 over the course of five years, according to Zanni.