Last week selectmen unanimously voted to offer the job of Southborough town administrator to Ashland Interim Town Manager Mark Purple. Throughout the recruiting process, selectmen talked about an expanded role for the next town administrator. Brad from the Metrowest Daily News chatted with Selectman John Rooney about what that expanded role might entail.
“I’m excited to get Mark started,” selectmen Chairman John Rooney said Friday. “I have a lot of ideas for him.”
Selectmen added a host of new responsibilities into the job description before advertising the position, part of its quest to ultimately create a much stronger town administrator.
Perhaps the most important expanded responsibility will be Purple’s role in budgeting, Rooney said. Whereas selectmen typically discuss the minutiae of budgets with departments heads — conversations that often last long but accomplish little — Purple will be charged with, at the direction of selectmen, creating and presenting budgets for all town departments.
Rooney also told the MWDN he’s excited to tap into Purple’s experience managing Ashland’s trash disposal system. Ashland pay-as-you-throw.