Andover chooses deputy town manager for top job

Andrew P. FlanaganFlanagan

UPDATED, Aug. 18: Andrew P. Flanagan, Arlington' deputy town manager, has been chosen for the top job in Andover.

Flanagan, who has held the Arlington job since April 2012, will remain at Arlington Town Hall until his contract in Andover is negotiated. He might start his new job in early October.

"I am honored to have been appointed by the Andover Board of Selectmen as their new town manager," Flanagan wrote in an email Saturday, Aug, 15. "The board established a very thorough process, and I appreciated the thoughtfulness they put into their decision.

"I look forward to talking with the Board about next steps. I am hopeful that we can have a start date in early October."

Asked about his work in Arlington, he cited accomplishments that have been marks of pride for him. He:

-- Launched Arlington Visual Budget, which has been recognized at the state and national level for being an innovative approach to increasing transparency in public budgeting (read a recent story here >>); 

-- Won a national award by the Government Finance Officers Association for best practices in budget presentation for the past two years; and

-- Created a consolidated Facilities Department in conjunction with the schools.

Position posted

The opening for deputy town manager was posted Monday, Aug. 17, Chapdelaine told selectmen. It will remain posted through Sept. 17.

Chapdelaine suggested a hiring process that would include a screening committee of four people. At Selectman Diane Mahon's suggestion, he said it would be increased to five.

The Newburyport News, which first reported the hirewhich first reported the hire, cited his people, financial and technology skills as well as his youth as assets for the Essex County town of 33,200 people near Lawrence. He is 29.

Selectmen Chairwoman Mary O’Donough told the newspaper that said Flanagan's selection marked the end of a seven-month selection process and a new era for the town.

"We are about to turn the page in a new chapter of Andover," the paper reported on its website.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine on Aug. 15 described Flanagan's work as deputy: "I think he will leave behind a legacy here in Arlington of enhanced financial reporting and transparency along with a reputation for a willingness to innovate and improve upon the status quo.

"When we hired Andrew over three years ago, we all knew that his ultimate goal was to become a town manager," he wrote, "and though we all will be sad to see him go, I know we all are very happy to see him accomplishing his career goals."

Chapdelaine said he plans to provide selectmen at the meeting Monday, Aug. 17, with an update about the departure and the search for his replacement.

Andover now must negotiate a contract with Flanagan. It will be five years, as per the town charter. The position was advertised with a pay range of $165,000 to $185,000, the Newburyport News reported. His current salary in Arlington is $118,500.

Flanagan, a former aide to Newburyport Mayor Donna D. Holaday, topped Kendra Amaral, 39, Wilmington's assistant town manager and human resources director.

The two were the finalists for the job from an original pool of 36 candidates.

Selectman Robert Landry called Flanagan the "change agent" the town needs, the News reported.

The Winthrop resident, 29, was among three finalists to be town manager for Danvers until last October.

July 13, 2015: Deputy town manager vies for top job in Andover

Sept. 28, 2014: Deputy town manager reported to be out of the running for top job in Danvers
April 25, 2013: Deputy town manager, 26, appointed

This report was published Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, and updated Aug. 18, to add job posting.

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