Prior to taking over as mayor, he was a small businessman, owning a package store, Rostron’s, on Hampshire Street in Methuen. He also worked as health and welfare union auditor for a North Andover accounting firm.
Some of the things that impressed Seabrook selectmen are Manzi’s experience in municipal finance and union negotiations, according to Selectman Ed Hess. Mayor during the lean years of the recent recession, Manzi balanced all the city’s budgets without the need for layoffs, Hess said, and successfully negotiated 30 contracts with the city’s unions.
Since leaving politics, Manzi has worked as a consultant, most recently helping members of Haverhill’s Public Works Department negotiate their union contract with that city.
Manzi has his own political blog, Bill Manzi.com, and does a radio show, “Manzi in the Morning,” every Wednesday for Lowell’s WCAP, 980 AM station.
“I’ll probably give that up because I won’t have the time for it,” Manzi said.
The father of two children, William, 21, and Meaghan, 19, Manzi and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Methuen. However, Seabrook’s Town Charter requires town managers, as well as police and fire chiefs, to live in town.
“The charter gives me a year to move to Seabrook. I think buying a home there is possible.” Manzi said. “I told the selectmen I’d be happy to do that. Seabrook is a great place, really beautiful.”
With relatives and friends who live in Seabrook, especially in the beach district, Manzi said he’s familiar with the town. He said he’s looking forward to playing his new role, helping the town prosper.
“It’s not often that someone is chomping at the bit to go to work, but I’m really chomping at the bit to get started in Seabrook,” Manzi said. “I think it’s a good fit. I’m really excited.”