Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

American Legion Post 201 326 Plantation Street

Convened: 6:02 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:06 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Tony Economou
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Philip P Palmieri Councilor Tony Economou Mayor Joseph M Petty Councilor Gary Rosen Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey Councilor Michael T. Gaffney
Also:Citty Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk



This meeting is an opportunity for the general public to provide input into the process of selecting a City Manager. The Committee shall conduct a total of five listening sessions; one in each of the five City Council districts. This meeting is scheduled to be convenient for residents in District 2. Each speaker is asked to limit their comments to three (3) minutes so that all individuals wishing to speak are provided that opportunity.


1. Gary Vecchio, Worcester resident
2. Jeffrey Hovhanesian, Worcester resident
3. Wayne Griffin, Worcester resident
4. Lenny Ciuffredo, Worcester resident
5. Stephen Quist, Worcester resident
6. Charles Gruszka, Worcester resident
7. Gordon Hargrove, Worcester resident
8. Joan Crowell, Worcester resident
9. Joshua Perro, Worcester resident
10. Ben Wrubel, Worcester resident
11. Brian Stacey, Worcester resident

The Committee concluded the five listening sessions after hearing a total of 50 speakers.

Chairman's Orders

That the City Council, in the search for a long-term City Manager, shall communicate to the designated search firm that the following attributes be highlighted in the job description for being selected as the successful candidate to serve as Worcester City Manager: 1.) An appreciation for the unique, diverse and distinct neighborhoods in Worcester and support for efforts to strengthen the neighborhoods, 2.) A passion for public education and the Worcester Public Schools, 3.) A vision for the future of the community capitalizing on the development progress to date, and a familiarity with the city that a local person possesses so that she/he may hit the ground running.