Town Manager James McKenna announced the hiring of Gerry Boyle to the newly created position of facilities manager for the town.
McKenna said that 15 candidates applied for the position that has an annual salary of $75,000.
The screening committee consisted of John Macero, superintendent of schools, Steve Calla, DPW director, Joe Eade, representative of the town, Larry Powers, councilor-at-large, Mary Lou Osborne, chairperson of the School Committee, Paul Flanagan, fire chief, and Eileen Pearson, principal of the Gorman/Fort Banks School. McKenna also served on the committee.
The screening committee narrowed the list to six finalists and conducted interviews, ultimately recommending Boyle for the position.
Boyle has 27 years of experience in the management of municipal facilities, including past experience with the cities of Cambridge and Somerville.
Boyleâ€™s position is part of the town managerâ€™s consolidation plan for town departments and operations.
â€œWe believe that Mr. Boyle is the best candidate to help establish this new and critical reorganization of the operations of the twelve town buildings throughout Winthrop and manage the 14-member staff ,â€ said McKenna.
Boyle is expected to begin in his new position on December 5. His office will be located in the basement of the E.B. Newton Building.
Boyle was not present during McKennaâ€™s official announcement of his hiring at the Town Council meeting.
(Information from the town managerâ€™s report was used in this story with permission from the town manager).