Gov. Charlie Baker has announced the appointment of Andrew Maylor as Comptroller of the Commonwealth, an independent overseer of the Commonwealth’s financial transactions, accountability and service delivery across all branches of state government.
Maylor, a native of Winthrop and at one time the town’s tax collector, most recently served as Town Manager for the town of North Andover and has over three decades of experience in both the public and private sector in financial management.
Most recently he and fellow Winthrop native and Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, son of Fire Chief Paul Flanagan were faced with the largest natural gas explosion in the state’s history. The explosion made worldwide news, killed one and displaced thousands in the Merrimack Valley area.
“It was surreal,” Maylor said of the 90-day catastrophe. “You went from a normal day with no issues to 130 fires and explosions within a one-hour period.”
“Working together in the midst of the Merrimack Valley gas crisis, Gov. Baker and I experienced first-hand the leadership and management skills Andrew Maylor possesses,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
Maylor begins his new post Feb. 18 with a $176,000 salary.
“Andrew’s extensive experience in the public sector overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, managing operations and establishing capital improvement and financial plans make him extremely well qualified to serve as Comptroller,” said Baker. “I am confident that Andrew will bring the level of transparency, integrity and accountability necessary for this job. We look forward to working together and thank Thomas Shack for his public service as Comptroller.”
In North Andover Maylor was responsible for 220 employees and a $100 million budget and developed various strategic planning initiatives. He is credited with instituting Financial Reserve and Debt Service policies that directly led to North Andover’s first AAA Bond Rating. In Chelsea, serving as City Auditor, Chief Finance Officer and Deputy City Manager he established plans to provide the most efficient use of funding and accountability for the city.
The Comptroller is appointed by and serves coterminous with and independent of the Governor. The Office of the Comptroller is served by an Advisory Board chaired by Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan and consisting of the Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, Trial Court Administrator and two gubernatorial appointees with experience in accounting, management or public finance who serve three-year terms.
Maylor began his career in the private sector in 1985 with Putnam Investments and worked for several other private employers during an eight-year period. In 1993, Maylor began his career in public service with the Town of Winthrop. In 1996, Maylor became Auditor of the City of Chelsea before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1997. As Chelsea’s Chief Financial Officer, he developed and implemented internal control procedures to eliminate material weaknesses identified by the City’s independent auditing firm. In 2000, Maylor was appointed Deputy City Manager of the City of Chelsea, a city of over 35,000 residents, 375 employees and a $105 million budget. In that role, he authored the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and implemented an asset inventory system designed to protect city assets and provide compliance with GASB 34. Additionally, he re-engineered the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan, creating a more efficient use of funding and accountability.
The Swampscott Board of Selectmen appointed Maylor the first Town Administrator of Swampscott in October 2002, where he oversaw the operations of a town of 14,000 residents, 120 employees and a budget of $54 million. As Town Administrator of Swampscott, Maylor negotiated multiple three-year contract renewals for the Town’s employee unions and co-authored grants for historical preservation, handicapped accessibility, homeland security and planning. In 2010, while serving as Town Administrator, Maylor was selected by the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) to chair the Essex Regional Retirement System (ERRS). Maylor was credited with implementing the necessary changes to remove ERRS from supervision by a state monitoring team.
It was in Swampscott, when Gov. Baker was serving on the Board of Selectmen that he met Maylor. Baker was actually on the screening committee that recommended Maylor as Swampscott’s Town Administrator.
Since 2011, Maylor served as North Andover Town Manager, overseeing services for 30,000 residents, 220 employees and a $100 million budget. He developed and implemented strategic planning initiatives including the Facilities Master Plan, a $30 million facility renovation initiative. He is credited with instituting Financial Reserve and Debt Service policies that directly led to North Andover’s first AAA Bond Rating. Maylor has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada in 1998-2001 and 2012-2016, and the Distinguished Budget Award in 1998-2002 and 2006-2016. Mr. Maylor is a member of the adjunct faculty in Merrimack College’s Master of Public Affairs Program and has served in a similar role at several other colleges during the past twenty years. Maylor earned his bachelors in management science from Bridgewater State College and his MBA from Suffolk University. He received his MPA from Villanova University.