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Medford council supports Burke appointment as finance director

Posted by Marcia Dick  January 19, 2011 08:27 AM

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Councilor Stephanie Muccini Burke is a step closer to becoming the city's new Director of Budget and Personnel. The City Council last night voted unanimously, 6-0, to ask the state Legislature to approve a home rule petition that would allow Burke to be appointed to the job after resigning her council seat.

The petition is required because a state law prohibits a city councilor from accepting any job for which the salary is paid by the city. Burke, a 16-year council veteran, did not attend the meeting. If the legislature approves the petition, and Governor Deval Patrick signs it into law,  Burke could resign her council position and accept the position.

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn last week said he would appoint Burke to the city's top financial post, left vacant by the death of Richard E. Lee on Dec. 28. "I continue to experience his loss at a deep level both personally and professionally," McGlynn wrote in a letter to the council. "As Mayor I must insure that the many tasks that he handled so expertly continue to be discharged at a high level of excellence."

City Solicitor Mark Rumley, addressing the council about the need to approve a home rule petition, also invoked Lee's memory. "It is not a secret to anyone that Richie is my best friend," said Rumley, a Catholic deacon who delivered the eulogy at Lee's funeral. "And he was a good friend to so many over the years, including all the members of this City Council, as he worked with you to make our city a better place. Now, because of his loss, it is necessary for our city to move forward."

City Councilor Paul Camuso made the motion to approve the petition, citing Burke's long tenure on the council. "Time and time again this council has looked to her as our president, " he said. "Councilor Stephanie Muccini Burke, I feel, would bring a lot of the same qualities [to the position] as Richard Lee."

Burke now works as the chief financial officer of Petersen Party Center, a Winchester special events rental company.  After graduating from Medford High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Suffolk University. She later earned a master's degree in taxation from Bentley University. She has been a certified public accountant.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com.

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