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April 17, 2013

Editorial: Manchester finds right managerial fit

A town administrator or manager’s political leanings are not always a deciding factor in how he or she may manage a municipality’s day-to-day operations, which is really the guts of the job.

But it certainly helps to know that a potential administrator, the Board of Selectmen, and community residents all have experience pursuing similar goals. And the Manchester selectmen seem to have chosen perhaps the perfect candidate to carry on from former and now interim administrator Wayne Melville.

In serving as town administrator for the last 13 years in the bucolic Berkshires town of Lenox, Gregory Federspiel has led the town to a designation as a state-recognized “green community” — something Manchester is seeking as well. And in Manchester, of course, he’s coming to a town in the front edge of another growing environmentally-based effort; residents at their Annual Town Meeting two weeks ago approved a new bylaw that will ban stores from distributing single-use plastic bags, effective July 1.

Lenox Selectman Ken Fowler said last week that Federspiel is “very environmentally aligned.” It doesn’t get much more environmentally aligned than a ban on plastic bags.

With that, we hope the selectmen can indeed firm up a viable contract with Fiederspiel, and we look forward to welcoming him to Manchester and to Cape Ann. He and the town he will likely help to lead seem like a perfect match.

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