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August 17, 2011

Former state official to lead North Andover Finance Committee

By Alex Bloom

NORTH ANDOVER — Longtime town resident Alan LeBovidge, a former head of the state's Department of Revenue and Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, has taken over leadership of the North Andover Finance Committee.

The committee elected LeBovidge, 68, as its chairman during last week's meeting. LeBovidge, who has been a member of the committee for four years, succeeds Mark Rodgers who is leaving the committee.

"I'm looking forward to trying to help," LeBovidge said. "My major goal would be to really help the citizens of North Andover understand the financials and the budget."

LeBovidge was a partner at the professional services firm now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years.

He was head of the state's Department of Revenue for six years until Gov. Deval Patrick dismissed him in 2007, then brought him back to oversee the waste-riddled Turnpike Authority.

But in his resignation letter from the Turnpike Authority after only 18 months, LeBovidge said he had gone as far as he could in reducing costs at the agency and could no longer justify taking his $160,000-a-year salary — all of which he donated to charity.

"He's clearly stronger than the average Finance Committee member in terms of knowing the details of how local government works," said Town Moderator Charles Salisbury, who appoints members to the committee. "I think he'll be a voice that Town Meeting will respond to."

The volunteer Finance Committee provides independent information on town finances and makes recommendations regarding financial issues. The group helps keep residents informed at Town Meeting.

LeBovidge and his wife Carol have been residents of North Andover for 30 years.

"You need to have an educated electorate if they're really going to be able to deal with all of the issues facing the town," LeBovidge said.

Salisbury said Rodgers, whom LeBovidge is succeeding, did very well as chairman.

"He did a good job of getting the committee to work as a committee, which is sometimes hard because it's many different personalities," Salisbury said.

The Finance Committee also picked Thomas Dugan as vice chairman. Dugan, a Finance Committee member for three years, works as a fiscal policy analyst for the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

The nine-member committee has two vacancies, which Salisbury said he is close to filling.

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