I would like to briefly share some of my personal observations and experiences with Robert “Jay” Ash Jr., an effective, personable and caring leader who transformed Chelsea from a city somewhat rough around the edges to one that is a desirable place to work and live.
Candidates for city manager got their second public forum Wednesday at City Hall – this time hearing questions from city councillors that delved deeper into the relationship the City Manager’s Office has with the council and members of the public.
Just as Louis A. DePasquale wrapped up his time at a forum for city manager candidates came a suggestion of how much hometown advantage he enjoyed, and how much his competitors had to overcome. “Now I’m replacing Rich Rossi,” he said.
City councillors defended the city manager search process against criticisms of a lack of public access, especially now that three finalist candidates have been chosen in the run-up to a Sept. 29 vote – only a day before the current city manager leaves office.
Paul J. Fetherston, one of three finalists to replace Richard C. Rossi as city manager, takes questions about his approach to running a municipality – whether it’s a flood, hiring police and fire chiefs, setting goals or working with the federal government.
CCTV’s Back Lot BBQ fundraiser for its Youth Media Program, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22, will feature food grilled by local chefs, live music by Zili Misik and a silent auction – and, this year, presentation of the Rossi Award for Creative and Responsive Leadership.
Cambridge’s next city manager could be Louis A. DePasquale, the city’s assistant city manager for fiscal affairs since 2002; state housing and economic development executive Robert “Jay” Ash Jr.; or Paul J. Fetherston, assistant city manager of Asheville, N.C.
The 19 members of the Preliminary Screening Committee for a new city manager have been chosen, including four city councillors.
City officials assured citizens that plans to remake the Out of Town News kiosk in Harvard Square were not proceeding without public input and process, stressing that a design was not set and rejecting charges of a conflict of interest in selecting an architect.
The Council on Aging is seeking people to serve on its board and advocate for issues important to seniors. Applicants must be age 60 or older and a Cambridge resident.