LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY PROMOTES RESOURCES FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS
Focus on municipal technology, civil service, green communities, health insurance, purchasing, capital asset management, and human resources
"These cabinet meetings have allowed me and other state officials to hear directly from municipal officials and the public about local concerns across various regions in our Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "As municipalities come together for these meetings, it is also a great opportunity for honest dialogue to discuss ways, such as regionalization, for cities and towns to maintain and even improve services."
Thursday's meeting in Lynn is the Cabinet's eighteenth meeting.
"We're pleased to have the Governor's Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet in Lynn for a stop on their listening tour," said Mayor Edward "Chip" Clancy. "The current administration has always been receptive to the concerns of municipalities, and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Murray, and the MACC."
Lieutenant Governor Murray chairs the Municipal Cabinet, which travels throughout the Commonwealth to hear from municipal officials, legislators, and the public on a variety of issues to help strengthen the partnership between state and municipal governments. Comprised of state officials from seven agencies, the Municipal Cabinet works to promote efficiency and more effective governing. Ideas discussed at past meetings have had a direct impact on public policy, including provisions of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Municipal Partnership Act II legislation.
A webpage was recently launched which includes the Municipal Cabinet's full meeting schedule. For more information, go to http://www.mass.gov/governor/municabinet.
As a follow up to the "Regionalization Tool Kit: A Practical Guide to Sharing Municipal Services" conference, co-sponsored by the Patrick-Murray Administration and held earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor Murray met with Mayor Dolan of Melrose and local officials to discuss the recent agreement between Melrose and Wakefield to merge local public health services.
"Creating a regional health department for Melrose and Wakefield made perfect sense for a number of reasons," said Mayor Dolan of Melrose. "Our communities not only share similar demographics but follow the same state health code. In addition to producing cost savings for both communities, the combined district should be in a better position to obtain grant funding while providing a high level of service to residents in both Melrose and Wakefield."
Members of the Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet include seven agency heads from within the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 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 Margulies; Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission Dolores Mitchell; Chairman of the Civil Service Commission Christopher Bowman; and Director of the Green Communities Division Mark Sylvia.
The Municipal Cabinet, established by Executive Order Number 480 in February 2007 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 Lieutenant Governor Murray oversees on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration.