Public forum to consider potential changes to Southborough’s government

At Town Meeting last year, voters decided to take the first steps toward potentially changing the way our town government runs. On Monday, the committee looking into the restructuring will hold a public forum to discuss what the changes could mean for the town. All residents are invited.

Here are the details.

Should the Town of Southborough have a Town Manager and a five person Board of Selectmen? On Monday, October 24 the Drafting Committee for Town Manager Legislation is inviting all town officials, town employees and residents to a forum at Cordaville Hall at 7:00 pm.

The Forum will feature Shrewsbury’s Town Manager Daniel J. Morgado and a member of Shrewsbury’s five person Board of Selectmen. The Town Manager/5-person Board of Selectmen has been in place in Shrewsbury since 1953. Dan Morgado is a graduate of Bridgewater State College and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Clark University. He has been the Town Manager of Shrewsbury since 1997. Prior to 1997, he served as Town Administrator in the Towns of Easton and Blackstone. For several years, Mr. Morgado has been an instructor in the Clark University MPA Program specializing in the area of Policy Analysis and Local Government Management. Southborough’s Town Administrator Jean Kitchen and Southborough’s three person Board of Selectmen have also been invited.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of this proposed form of government? Will it improve the efficiency of delivering services? Will it make the government more or less transparent? Will it facilitate the budget process? Will it entice more folks to run for office, volunteer for a committee? Our guests will attempt to answers these and any other questions that those attending might pose.

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