For Immediate Release - January 23, 2015

A&F Secretary Lepore Names New Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services

Brookline Deputy Town Administrator Sean Cronin appointed to elevated position for municipal coordination

BOSTON – Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore today named Sean Cronin as Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services at the 36th Annual Massachusetts Municipal Association Conference (MMA). The position, within the Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services, was elevated to report directly to the Commissioner  and be the primary lead on local issues for the Secretary of Administration and Finance as part of an executive order signed by Governor Charlie Baker this morning.

“The Baker-Polito Administration and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance is committed to reinvigorating the relationship between municipal governments and Beacon Hill,” said Secretary Lepore. “Sean will be my top point person on all local affairs. His budgeting experience at both the state and local level will be invaluable as the two of us work together to partner with local officials across the state.”

“I am honored to join Secretary Lepore and my new colleagues at the Division of Local Services and begin working directly with all of the Commonwealth’s communities,” said Cronin. “The Division of Local Services will grow on past successes to be a proactive and cooperative partner with cities and towns to drive innovation and develop best practices and formal financial policies that guide budgets and capital plans. I plan on fostering a strong inter-agency approach to assisting the 351 municipalities across the state. We will honor the Governor’s pledge on local aid and ensure local issues are heard, understood and, when appropriate, advocated for within the Administration.”

Background on the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services:
The Governor signed an Executive Order this morning that will elevate this position (formerly Deputy Commissioner) to serve as the Lieutenant Governor’s Vice Chair in the Community Compact Cabinet and it will now report directly to the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue and be the primary lead on local issues for the Secretary of Administration and Finance.

About Sean Cronin:
Sean Cronin has spent the last 17 years working in Brookline, the past 12 as the Deputy Town Administrator. During his tenure he helped develop fiscal policy that allowed Brookline to retain it’s AAA credit rating and better address both their OPEB liabilities and outstanding pension liabilities. Cronin also led capital improvement programs to deal with aging infrastructure, and invest in programs that yield long-term budget relief such as energy efficiency and new IT systems. He served on the MMA’s Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor, in addition to representing the MMA on the first Massachusetts School Building Authority Advisory Board. Cronin served as a Fiscal Policy Analyst in the Fiscal Affairs Division of ANF and as Deputy Budget Director for the Executive Office of Public Safety during the Weld Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.