NORTH ANDOVER — Incoming Town Manager Andrew Maylor said he's already impressed with the town of North Andover, a few weeks ahead of his first official day.
"It's exactly what I had hoped for in terms of the kind of position and the kind of community I wanted to work in," Maylor said.
Maylor attended Tuesday's Special Town Meeting, sitting next to interim Town Manager Jim Purcell, and appreciated getting to know the town processes and functions.
The Board of Selectmen picked Maylor as the next town manager out of a field of more than 60 candidates, and he will take over on Dec. 16. Maylor and the Board of Selectmen signed five-year contract in October, paying him a salary of $145,000 per year.
Maylor talked Thursday about some of the issues he sees facing the town of about 28,000 people. Tackling potential budget shortfalls and managing the town's finances will be important upon his arrival, he said.
"Looking at the finances will be this, and every subsequent, year one of the primary issues we have to address," Maylor said, mentioning budget problems are common across all Bay State communities.
The town is also considering a new facilities management plan, deciding among other things what to do with the former Bradstreet School and the former police station, both vacant. Maylor said he's excited to jump in and comment on a plan that will have long-lasting effects for the town's future.
Maylor, 49, of Lynnfield, has spent the last nine years as the Swampscott town administrator. Maylor was previously Chelsea's deputy city manager, and also worked as Winthrop's town accountant during his 18 years in municipal government.
Maylor also announced last month that he will step down from his position with the Essex Regional Retirement System. Maylor is the chairman of the organization's board of directors.