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Retiring town administrator oversaw big changes in Sharon

Benjamin Puritz of Sharon.
Benjamin Puritz of Sharon.

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In the nearly 33 years that Benjamin Puritz has been town administrator in Sharon, the world has gone from analog to digital, from the days when cable television was first hitting its stride to the age of streaming town meetings online.

Puritz, 63, plans to retire from his post in February, closing a long career in local government and a chapter in Sharon’s history.

He does not intend to stop working but rather to “change tracks,” he said. He has been talking with his contacts in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors about positions that would allow him to be more directly accountable for what he does. Town government is so decentralized that getting anything done requires swaying a broad spectrum of interests, he said.

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