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Stoneham Town Manager Finalists

Nov 14, 2018 07:23AM ● By Katie Lovett

STONEHAM – The three finalists for the town administrator position come from diverse professional backgrounds and skill sets -- a finance director; a lawyer and alderman, and a former newspaper editor turned assistant town administrator.

The Board of Selectmen received the names of the finalists earlier this month after former Town Administrator Tom Younger stepped down this past summer.

Dennis J. Sheehan, of Melrose, is the current director of administration and finance for the Department of Public Works in Watertown.

In this position for the past four years, Sheehan supervises the financial operations of the department’s 10 general fund divisions, capital project funds and the water and sewer enterprise funds. He also oversees the personnel in the department. In this capacity, Sheehan also served on the project management team for large-scale infrastructure improvement projects, such as Mount Auburn Street and work in Watertown Square.

Prior to his position in Watertown, Sheehan was the assistant township manager in Wallingford, Penn. for four years. In this role, he also supervised the financial operations of the township and performed human resource functions.

He was also a recreation coordinator for the city of Santee in California where he completed work for the Community Services department.

Sheehan earned his master of public administration from the University of Southern California, and has a bachelor of accountancy from the University of San Diego, with an emphasis in finance and real estate.

William A. White, Jr., of Somerville, has been an at-large member of the Board of Aldermen in Somerville for 21 years. An attorney with extensive background at several prestigious firms, White opened his own practice in 1995, and specializes in real estate, zoning, commercial negotiations, estates and trusts.

Sheehan earned his JD at Georgetown University and a B.A. in government and economics from Harvard College.

In his position on the Board of Aldermen, White has been closely involved in the operations of city government. On his resume, he highlights the key accomplishments: the redevelopment of Union Square and the Green Line extension to Somerville; the passage of two District Improvement Financing projects – the Assembly Square infrastructure and T stop construction and the Union Square infrastructure.

White also highlights his involvement in the city’s municipal budget and oversight of the new high school.

Robert E. Curtin, of Peabody, is the assistant town administrator in Lynnfield. From December 2017 to February 2018, Curtin was the interim town administrator for the town.

He has been in the role of assistant town administrator (formerly the assistant to he town administrator and Board of Selectmen) since 2009.

Prior to taking a position in municipal government, Curtin worked for 18 years as the editor of the Weekly News in Peabody and Lynnfield. In this position, he managed the conversion of the “shopper’s news” newspaper into a leading newspaper. Circulation grew from 10,000 to 20,500. Prior to his tenure as editor, Curtin served as the editor of North Shore Life magazine and Settlin’ In magazine.

He has a B.A. in American History from Harvard University.

Town officials will visit each of their three communities to meet with colleagues of the finalists and others familiar with their work. The candidates will then be invited to tour Stoneham and meet with department heads at Town Hall. The town will also use this time to perform background checks.

 Following this, the selectmen will conduct interviews with each of the candidates in separate public meetings.

MacNeill said she hopes to see the town make a decision on a new administrator by mid-December.

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