Proakis bids to become Watertown city manager after leading work of development in Somerville
Watertown is searching for its next city manager, and one of three finalists for the job is George Proakis, executive director of strategic planning and community development for Somerville.
Proakis has worked in Somerville since 2018. In his current job, he leads a department of 68 staff members working on economic development, transportation, public space, planning, zoning, historic preservation and affordable housing. Before 2018, Proakis worked for the City of Lowell.
Watertown got 23 applications for its city manager position. Their search committee interviewed eight candidates in the first round, then narrowed it down to a final three. The two other finalists are John Curran, town manager in Billerica and former mayor of Woburn; and Norman Khumalo, town manager in Hopkinton.
A community forum will be held Monday and the Watertown City Council will interview the three candidates on May 12. More information is here.