For Immediate Release - September 26, 2007


Focus on municipal technology, civil service, health insurance, purchasing, capital asset management, and human resources

BOSTON-Wednesday, September 26, 2007-Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, the Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet and Director of Municipal Affairs Robert G. Nunes. The listening tour will take the Municipal Cabinet across the Commonwealth to five stops. The regional meetings will focus on technology, civil service, health insurance, purchasing, capital asset management and human resources.

"These visits will continue to strengthen the ties between local and state government, and help generate new ideas for how the Municipal Cabinet can be most helpful to communities," said Lieutenant Governor Murray.

The Municipal Cabinet wants to hear from municipal officials, legislators and engaged citizens at each meeting. The meetings agendas will encourage a dialogue format between cabinet members and attendees.

Mayor Mary Clare Higgins will host the first listening tour stop this Friday at Northampton City Hall from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Lt. Governor and Municipal Cabinet members will then travel to Hyannis, Webster, Lowell, and Marlborough in the coming months. Hyannis will host the Municipal Cabinet's second stop on Friday, October 5th, at Barnstable Town Hall from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Lt. Governor Murray chairs the Municipal Cabinet, which consists of six agency heads from within the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, including State Purchasing Agent from Operation Services Ellen Bickelman; Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance David Perini; Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Dietl; Chief Information Officer Anne Margoulis; Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission Dolores Mitchell; and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission Christopher Bowman.

The Municipal Cabinet, established by Executive Order on February 13th, seeks to coordinate the ways in which state government can provide additional services and assistance to cities and towns. The cabinet also works to implement and analyze recommendations from the Local Government Advisory Commission, which Lt. Governor Murray oversees on behalf of the administration. All of the Municipal Cabinets meetings are open to the public.


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