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Town Admin Resigns for South Shore Job After Four Months

The Ashfield News of Ashfield, Massachusetts

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On October 19th, Ashfield town administrator Derek Brindisi submitted his resignation to the Select Board, which was accepted with regret. The personnel committee immediately began planning for a replacement, as Brindisi's last day is October 30. To maintain continuity in Town Hall, the Select Board hopes to hire an interim administrator.

Brindisi began working for the town in July. He most recently worked as the director of administration and public health for the city of Worcester. Brindisi commuted four days per week to Ashfield from Worcester.

Brindisi said that he had planned to stay with Ashfield for years, that the new job offer was unexpected, and couldn't be passed up. He explained that the assistant town administrator position at Plymouth had "huge career growth" with the opportunity to work on major municipal projects.

Brindisi said that he enjoyed working for the town and the relaxed lifestyle that it offered. He expressed high regard and praise for the Select Board and town staff during his short tenure Derek Brindisi thanks the town

I would like to thank everyone in the Ashfield community for welcoming me this past summer as your newest Town Administrator. As some of you may have heard, I have accepted a "once in a lifetime" opportunity with the Town of Plymouth. I must admit-even though this opportunity presented itself a few weeks back, I was torn with this decision. My last municipal position lasted 15 years and I expected the same when I came to Ashfield back in June.

I was pleasantly surprised by all of the great things that are happening here in town, from the Broadband initiative, to numerous infrastructure improvements and even the potential for a new Town business office. Having had the opportunity to move these efforts forward on your behalf provided me with a refreshing experience in municipal service, which was exactly what I was hoping for when I came to this community.

Making the decision to leave was extremely difficult, due in large part because of how well I was welcomed and supported by the Select Board, Board and Commission members and many individuals from the Ashfield community. During my time here, the Select Board gave me the guidance and direction I needed in order to fulfill my duties. They had confidence in me and I will be forever grateful for that support.

Please know that the Town is being left in very capable hands with the staff at Town Hall as well as the other department heads who always put the town's interests first when carrying out their duties. You have a great team of town employees that you should all be proud of and be thankful for their commitment to Ashfield.

I appreciate all the support and wish you only the best. I hope to see you at Fall Festival 2016.

Sincerely, Derek Brindisi

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Original Publication Date: November 1, 2015

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