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Belmont announces finalists for Town Administrator position, hope to have final pick by early June

Posted by Evan Allen  May 10, 2012 10:24 PM

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The Belmont Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Screening Committee announced finalists for the Town Administrator position on Thursday night.

Charles Aspinwall, Town Administrator in Millis; David Kale, Budget Director and Deputy Finance Director in Cambridge; and Peter Morin, Chief of Staff and Operations in Braintree were selected from an initial pool of 79 applicants.

“They impressed us with their judgment and capability,” said Selectman and Chair of the Screening Committee Ralph Jones.

Jones said that the Committee was seeking candidates with lots of experience and strong leadership to fill a position that is evolving. The town is seeking to strengthen the position of Town Administrator and restructure some aspects of town government.

The town worked with the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a consultant firm, to narrow down the pool of applicants to 30. They interviewed nine.

Jones said the town hopes to hold public interviews with each candidate at the end of May and have a final decision by early June. If all goes according to plan, he said, the new Town Administrator would begin working on July 1.

While Jones said that the pool of candidates was very diverse, with applicants from the public and private sectors and some nontraditional applicants, the three finalists are more traditional candidates with strong public sector backgrounds.

Aspinwall has been the Town Administrator in Millis since 1991. He was the Assistant Town Administrator in Walpole from 1986 to 1991, and the Assistant to the General Manager in Norwood from 1984 to 1986. He worked in the State Auditor’s Office and office of Management Information Systems from 1981 to 1984. Aspinwall has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University.

Kale has worked as a member of the senior fiscal management team in Cambridge since 2003. He was the Chief Financial Officer in Arlington Public Schools from 2001 to 2003. He worked in the Cambridge Public Schools from 1988 to 2001, serving as the Director of Financial Services, the Manager of Financial Services and the Manager of Financial Operations. From 1983 to 1988 he worked in the finance department in the City of Cambridge. Kale has a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Morin has held his position in Braintree since 2008. Before that, he was the Director of Performance Measures in the state Department of Correction from 2006 to 2008. He has served as the General Counsel for the state Board of Registration in Medicine from 2004-2006 and as the Deputy General Counsel for the state Department of Mental Retardation from 2000 to 2004. He has held Director of Investigations positions with the Norfolk County Sheriff from 1999 to 2000 and with the state Department of Mental Health from 1997 to 1999. He served as litigation counsel to Bridgewater State Hospital and the state Department of Correction from 1990 to 1997, and as Counsel to the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice from 1988 to 1990. He began his career as an adjunct professor at Stonehill College in 1989, teaching criminal law and procedure to undergraduate paralegal students. Morin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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