Town Administrator Mark Andrews resigns, reportedly signs up for interim position in Wenham

By Jaime Rebhan | Mar 20, 2012
Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith Town Administrator Mark Andrews

Town Administrator Mark Andrews has resigned, effective April 16, to accept a similar position in the town of Wenham.

Andrews made the announcement on Saturday following an executive session of the Board of Selectmen, prior to a public meeting with the Finance Committee to discuss the town budget.

"I've accepted a job as a town administrator of Wenham, Mass.," Andrews said. "I'm going to work on a transition plan with this board and all the town departments."

The Hamilton-Wenham Patch has reported that Andrews was Wenham's top pick for an interim town administrator position, has signed a contract through August, and will meet the town's employees next week.

Calls to the Wenham town administrator's office were not immediately returned.

The Daily Item of Lynn reported on Tuesday that Andrews is a finalist for a town administrator's position in Saugus.

A request for further comment from Andrews was not returned.

Board of Selectmen Chair Walter Cruz said after Saturday's meeting that the board had to call the emergency executive session to OK Andrews' release from his contract, which only requires 90 days' notice for a termination or resignation. Cruz declined to comment further.

"I've considered this matter with my family," Andrews said. "This job is closer to home."

Andrews currently lives in Onset. Wenham is a North Shore town with a population of a little more than 5,000 people. Before coming to Wareham, Andrews worked for the City of Lawrence.

He went on: "I've made many friends, and many people have invested in me and with the town . . . My intention is to move step-by-step . . . I've enjoyed working with each and every member of the Finance Committee, the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Of his new town Wenham, he joked: "It's just a couple of vowels off, so we'll take it from there."

WarehamVillageSoup will update this story as more information becomes available.

Comments (39)
Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 10:00

Oh thank God!  This is the best news that Wareham has had in a long time!  Truly, the worst administrator this town has ever had. 



Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 10:12

Didn't he have a contractual obligation to serve out 3 years until the end of this year though?  How is one month till April enough time to find a new TA? Someone more professional would have given the town more notice. Way to leave Wareham in the lurch, but not surprising and it's a small price to pay to rid the town of lousy leadership.



Posted by: zinzindorff9 | Mar 17, 2012 10:18

You mean to tell me that no ones around to tell a reporter where our town administer lives?



Posted by: extremelyconcerned | Mar 17, 2012 10:19

I down but several more to go.



Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 10:37

Wenham, thanks a bunch for taking him off our hands.  Do you want any of our other Merrimacky Lackies?  Can we interest you in a building inspector without a license to inspect buildings?



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 17, 2012 10:40

Only WarehamStinker can spend months and months complaining about the TA and wanting him fired on the spot, and when the TA gives a 30 day notice that he is leaveing, WarehamStinker complains about the TA not giving the town enough time to find someone else.  Sometimes I look at people like WarehamStinker and wonder how they've made it this far in life.



Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 10:49

I'm not complaining and I'm not that suprised either, folks on the "Hypocrite" side of things have a habit of bailing early on their responsibilities.  I'm just glad he's going.

 

I assume he saw the writing on the wall - realized that his buddies don't have a snowball's chance in hell at getting elected, so they won't be there to renew his contract, so he got while the getting is good.

 

 



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 17, 2012 10:58

Then stop complaining about him leaving the town in the lurch.



Posted by: crscarolyn | Mar 17, 2012 11:09

With all the viciousness and nastiness of the many critics and complainers in this town, I wonder how we can get anyone of value to want to work for Wareham.



Posted by: bruce gannon | Mar 17, 2012 11:15

I'm not here to defend WT.. I'm thinking the lurch is more about the fiscal mess the town is in than the simple fact of his leaving and needing to be replaced. Had he left with a healthy Town Hall, no budget deficit, etc I'm sure the word lurch wouldn't have been spoken.



Posted by: bruce gannon | Mar 17, 2012 11:21

If a politician can't handle critics, regardless of how "vicious" they don't belong in the job. It comes with the territory. There is only one way to never do anything wrong... never do anything and then you'll get criticized for that. Here is the one thing for his critics to be concerned with... the next one could be worse.. sleep well Wareham

 



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 17, 2012 11:29

And I'm not here to defend the TA.  I've had my problems with him.  But the fiscal mess has been around this town for many years before he came.  And will be around many years after he and the next one are gone..  Just look at the debt exclusion and the prop 2 1/2.  I was all set to vote for the exclusion but after watching the debate the other night, I am not voting for either one.



Posted by: ROB BROGLE | Mar 17, 2012 11:30

Its just a ploy to get more money, if its not good riddens and take your police thief .... I mean chief with him



Posted by: ROB BROGLE | Mar 17, 2012 11:40

Get rid of stanley hire from within the department at resonable salary the divide the difference between the street patrolmen who are risking there lives to protect our residents from the rift raft. Ask one question by paying stanley over 160 k are we safer today ???? In my eyes its the patrolmen stepping it up .. I praise the officers who work hard for rhe town



Posted by: Inside-Tip | Mar 17, 2012 11:50

I see the towns people of wareham are happy (your welcome).  Dont believe for one instant that he resign on his own free will.  He knew that the fiscal mess he has put us in was catching up with him.  Him leaving is a blessing the only down side is that we are going to truly see what a mess he has created for us fiscally.

Didnt I hear someone say it " Its going to take dynamite to blow me out of this town"  Well I got one word for you  BANG!!!.

So now we are one down and two more to go.  And by the way I knew this was going to happen days ago but didnt want to ruin the surprise.

Brucey,  drop out now and save yourself the embaressment.



Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 12:30

Complain all you want about prior town administrators, but the $919,000 fiasco happened under Andrews' watch.  The embarrassing hearing regarding Zaleski's firing where Andrews served as the hearing officer of the hearing to determine whether or not he fired her improperly happened under his watch.  Hiring a person without the proper building inspector license happened under his watch.

 

He did have a contract for 3 years, to end around November or December of this year.  The selectman had until June to tell him to stay or give him his walking papers.  As I said, I'm pleased to see him going and the sooner the better - but he is leaving long before his contractual obligation is running out.  We'll now have to suffer another a year with an interim but again, these are semantics - you could appoint a rock as the interim TA and he'd do a better job than this guy.

 

Thought for the future - the ex-BOS, which included Bruce, hired this guy and violated the open meeting law 14 times during the hiring process as ruled by the District Attorney.  You really want to elect someone who participated in 14 open meeting law violations?

 

Keep in mind too that when John McAuliffe, who was also hired by the ex-BOS that included Bruce, was hired, the BOS, that included Bruce, violated the open meeting law as well during that hiring process, as ruled by the District Attorney.

 

You really want to vote for Bruce, when he and his ex-BOS buddies participated in 15 open meeting law violations while hiring the past two town administrators?  (That's not even including the other open meeting law violations, the board that Bruce was part of violated the open meeting law more than any other BOS in town history).

 

During the past two TA hirings, no citizen search committee was selected by the BOS to participate in the search process.  Mattapoisett had a search committee and they weeded Andrews out.  Wareham didn't and well, we got what we got.  The ex-BOS, that included Bruce, refused twice to appoint a search committee and never allowed a search committee for other major openings.

 

A guy that would not allow a search committee in the past two TA hirings isn't going to turn over a new leaf and allow one the next time one is hired.

Hell, Bruce voted for this guy even though he was fully aware of this little tidbit of history:

 

http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x1876360605/Top-administrator-told-to-leave-college-after-DWI-arrest

 

Who in their right mind would vote for this guy to be the TA after reading this article?  Only Bruce and his ex-BOS buddies.

 

They're exes for a reason, folks.  The next two selectmen will participate in the selection of the next town administrator.  You really want to trust Bruce with that responsibility, when he's failed miserably at it and twice refused to allow a search committee?  No thanks.  Don't vote for Brucey.



Posted by: english muffin | Mar 17, 2012 12:36

Can anyone tell me when the town of Wareham was not in a fiscal mess?  It's going to take a whole lot more than a new town admin. to get this town straightened out.. It might even be beyond repair.

 



Posted by: WarehamThinker | Mar 17, 2012 13:00

If ever you needed evidence that Mark Andrews was no good as a town administrator, here it is, courtesy of Andrea Smith aka downtheroad on the rag site:

By: downtheroad on 3/17/12
Mark Andrews came to candidate Amit Johar's spaghetti dinner/fund raiser at Pierview Restaurant in Onset Friday night and spoke briefly to the crowd gathered. He said some very positive things about Johar and Johar's understanding of the community and it's needs.

Although I agree wholeheartedly with Andrew's impression and understanding of Johar, I was a bit stunned to hear a town administrator speak with such support for a candidate running for office in a town served by the administrator. I have to admit the thought went through my head that maybe Andrews was there in an effort to assure Johar if elected would support an extension of Andrews contract. I'm sad to hear this morning that Andrews has resigned, but oh so happy to know that the words he said last night were not said in self-interest, but rather truly said to highlight Johar's attributes as a candidate.

That said, I do want to share an interesting remark Andrews offered last night. He spoke of Johar's support of the business community and desire to attract new businesses to town to increase revenues and then added that he (Andrews) had heard more workable ideas from Johar in recent months than he (Andrews) has heard from any candidate serving on multiple boards in recent years and then he added "if you get the drift of what I am saying."

 

BACK TO THINKER - A town administrator going to a selectman candidate's fundraiser to give a speech in that candidate's favor?  That is absolutely, by far, without a doubt, the most flagrant abuse of power and unethical action I've ever heard of.  Good riddance.



Posted by: frightened | Mar 17, 2012 16:24

I feel this is an example of the rat deserting the sinking ship. Hopefully this ship (Wareham) will now begin to find friendly waters and survive. The harm he and the people pulling his strings have down to Wareham should scar their souls for all time.



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 17, 2012 21:15

Maybe "frogsrule" would like to chime in on this subject?



Posted by: September McCarthy | Mar 17, 2012 21:28

If memory serves, the 2011 Schedule A and the revised 2010 Schedule A returns were due around now, according to the visit by the DOR last month. Despite the assurances by Mr. Andrews to both the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee in February that this deadline would be met, there has been no further mention of this being accomplished.

 

Another interesting aspect of the timing of this resignation . . . it is effective before Town Meeting . . . so there will be no one there answerable for the budget we are supposed to debate and decide upon?

 

And when the contract was on the Selectmen's agenda and Mr. Andrews stated that he had no intention of going anywhere, he knew he had an application in for this position in Wenham?

 

It seems obvious that the town has not always been given accurate and truthful information from the office of the Town Administrator, which makes me wonder about any of the information. If that is the case, then let's look toward a better future and hire an honest, trustworthy, and capable Town Administrator.



Posted by: Onsetpiper | Mar 18, 2012 10:33

This is great news for Wareham if confirmed. I checked the Wenham sites and there is no mention of it other than a search for a temporary (3-6 months) TA was underway...hard to believe they didn't do their homework even for a temp TA as bad as Andrews-it doesn't take much time for him to screw things up. Still, I guess we have the luck of the Irish to thank for his departure. There is a hell of a mess to clean up ahead, but at least Zephyr et al's lap poodle will be making it in someone else's backyard. Stanley and Myles should go next, as in gone with a Zephry wind.



Posted by: chris a | Mar 19, 2012 12:49

Hello,I am a resident of wenham mass we would love for some of you citizens to post some of these comments on hamiltonwenhampatch ,We really don't need another jerk running this town luckily ours is leaving as well.I'm afraid our selectman are going to slide this through like they usually do.Without any input from taxpayers .I think out of 26 finalists they could in this economy of jobless people come up with something a little better.thanks



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 19, 2012 13:41

Onsetpiper, In order for you to insult me I would first have to value your opinion which naturally, I don't.



Posted by: justin Beiber | Mar 19, 2012 15:49

 

Don't bother engaging Onset Piper in a conversation, Zephyr.

She's real nasty and has close ties to the Decas clan.



Posted by: watersprite | Mar 19, 2012 16:48

I have been no fan of Mr. Andrews - to say the least.  But whoever follows him has a horrible job ahead because he/she will need to "spill the beans" to all of us.  At worst, the TA might be interim as we stare receivership in the face.  As Mr. Paulsen has repeated often, no amount of gutting expenses alone will get us out of our difficulties.  Getting rid of Chief Stanley (whose hiring I opposed on its cost - not on his competency) or Rabinovitch cuts some cost, but experienced leadership is what will get us out of the problem.

 

Andrews' departure gives us a chance for a clean(er) slate - a new BOS and new Town Executive.  Cooler heads, less partisan defensiveness and rock throwing, more evidence-based decisions, more willingness to make planful, priority-driven decisions.  Not based on budgets created in a vacuum that Department and BOS don't see until the last minute, with no explanation.  Not based on late reporting.  And not based on a "to hell with them I'm the Boss here" decisions on spending.



Posted by: seriously? | Mar 19, 2012 19:30

I might have believed you Watersprite about cooler heads prevaling, until I got to the last part of your paragraph.  Let it go.  You should have just stopped at "cooler heads, less partisan defensiveness and rock throwing, priority-driven decisions."  Why not end on a positive note?  Let's work together to get Wareham's house in order.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 19, 2012 21:30

While I am glad Mr Andrews has resigned, I am saddened that Wareham was not given the oppourtunity to throw the bum out. I am also saddened that yet another Town will be devastated by this shyster. Like so many carpetbaggers, they are just looking to line their pockets and those of their shyster friends. He had no ties to Wareham and no care what devastation he has created. It was all about him and how he could climb further up the wretched ladder this louse is climbing. The only reason his grobblers on the BOS wanted to rush contract renewal was they already knew he was looking around and wanted to sweeten up the pot for him. He already knew his gig was up here and bailed before he left on the end of a boot.  In my opinion this is why Wareham needs to keep Savegeau,Smith and Johar out, If not they will have another shyster in there just like the last. I think it was Rahm Emanuel who said " Never let a crisis go to waste", Things happen in the chaos of the crisis while we are distracted by crisis. Things that some want to happen for political purposes and are not in the best interest of Wareham.



Posted by: watersprite | Mar 19, 2012 21:35

Seriously?

Because there are many things about Mr. Andrews' tenure that are reflected in my last sentiment.  If, in fact, he is leaving, he will leave behind a legacy of disrespecting his department heads by not using their budget figures, not living within contracted bid prices, not providing financial information in a timely way to facilitate his leadership making current, informed decisions, and not following the recommendations of key committees on how to prioritize spending and investment.  And all of this is in only the last 6 months.  That doesn't get into problems he created or exacerbated in the earlier part of his tenure.

 

Here's a bulletin:  Mr. Andrews is not responsible for Wareham's overall financial problems.  His juggling of accounts and hocus-pocus slight-of-hand with the budget and books is NOT the reason the town is in a fiscal vise-grip.  He is responsible for a lot of things that should cost him his job, but he is not responsible for our overall woes.  He just didn't do a good job at leading the town and its employees.  He is an under-skilled leader and at his age that is not something that can be learned or adopted through force of will.

 

And Serioujsly?, I am saying all of this with a very cool head and reasoned thinking.



Posted by: Zephyr | Mar 20, 2012 13:48

A friend just sent me this:

 

Saugus Selectmen pick three finalists By Staff Reports / The Daily Item SAUGUS — The Saugus Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to name three finalists for the open Town Manager position, after meeting behind closed doors, according to Selectmen Chairman Mike Serino.

Selectmen named Scott Crabtree, former Chairman of the Saugus Board of Selectmen; Michael Szlosek, the former Town Manager of Uxbridge and former Town Administrator of South Hadley and Mark Andrews, the former Town Manger of Wareham as their three finalists out of 31 applicants.

Selectmen chairman Mike Serino said public interviews will be held on Wednesday, March 28 starting at 9 a.m.



Posted by: Onsetpiper | Mar 20, 2012 15:26

At least there is truth in advertising in your name, Zephyr, given you aren't much more than a windbag. Sadly for you, the obvious is you wouldn't have responded  if you didn't value the opinion enough to be irked. Like Bieb, you're all hot air as usual-you never add anything relevant to the topic while you spew more caustic rhetoric.

Do either of you have anything, anything at all, intellgent to say about the topic? Your lap poodle is leaving you high and dry, and all you can vent about is people I don't know, my gender (wrong again), and your angry disposition you gratuitously project on me and others. Some of your self-centered hostility may leave with Andrews, but your attitude was around long before he came to Town. The more you focus your energy on ranting about me, the more you show you care little about Wareham. As for the other strong voices here who understand the task ahead because of what Andrews leaves behind, thank you for the adult discussion.



Posted by: chris a | Mar 20, 2012 16:37

can anyone here tell me who M jane Donahue is she is posting on hamilton wenham patch saying he is mr. wonderful and stating she is one of the bos is she a selectman.And if she is I don't think she should be posting stuff in his favor conflict of interests we know all to well here the administrator we have now made it clear no employee was allowed to voice there political opinions on there front lawn at voting time



Posted by: Mr. M. | Mar 20, 2012 17:06

M Jane Donahue is a former selectwoman most infamous for her: it is only illegal if you get caught speech at town meeting.

She and Andrews share a common friend "hello Senator".

Again my puzzler is puzzled. If Andrews signed a contract in Wenham why does he have a job interview in Saugus?

 



Posted by: chris a | Mar 20, 2012 17:47

thank you mr.m for the info could you please post this on hamiltonwenhampatch our towns people need to know the truth as i was told at a selectmans meeting they were looking for an interim and the same with our selectman they run the town ,I don't know why they need to pay someone to play the part



Posted by: Mr. M. | Mar 20, 2012 18:37

From The Patch:

"On Feb. 29, Chelgren told Patch that Andrews was one of the Selectmen’s top choices from a field of 26 applicants. The other two finalists were Richard Kwiatkowski of Orange and John Sanquinet of Plymouth. Andrews lives in the Bradford section of Haverhill, Chelgren said previously. WarehamVillageSoup.com reported that he lives in Onset."

Poor Sanguinet, Andrews took the job in Wareham from him despite being such a good lackey to the previous board of selectmen and now he wins him over for Wenham.

Chris, I assure you if the choice was between Sanguinet and Andrews your leaders have led well. Google Donald Bliss to see the damage Sanguinet left behind. While you are at it google Wareham computer audit. I don't know anything about the guy from Orange.



Posted by: letsbehonest | Mar 21, 2012 12:43

I would leave no stone unturned in my job search.



Posted by: letsbehonest | Mar 21, 2012 21:06

Chris A - I do not believe for one minute that you are a resident from Wenham.  Any one of the crazies from Wareham can post under any name they want.   You have to come up with something a little more sophisticated than that for us to believe you.  Please try again.



Posted by: nuttyirishman | Mar 21, 2012 22:03

Or Halifax! I mean, come on, lets-be-honest here! LOL!



Posted by: chris a | Mar 26, 2012 22:53

To lets be honest ,I do live in this town have for many yrs my husband his whole life and if you want to be bothered to go on hamiltonwenhampatch you'll see I've been posting here for a long time ,so why would I care what happens in wenham if I'm from wareham.I mean are you serious ,Why do you think so lowly of your neighbors.In this town we usually know are neighbors and we don't make rude comments about their comments,this is america if you hadn't noticed .I'm still puzzled as to why they picked him but from what I read in the chronicle they are looking for a permanant person'and after the salem news also dug up some dirt and they the BOS lol said they knew this during his interview ,the excuse that he had problems with his wifes health well as you know thats not a great reason for someone who makes 100,000 a year .Wake up this is the real world and most people have big problems job,family,finances losing their family home thats no excuse he could have killed somebody and gone to jail then who would have taken care of his family?



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