SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s Performance

WILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.

Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.

The latest question:

What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?

Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:

Jomarie O’Mahony

Jeff Hull has worked for the Town of Wilmington for over 30 years. He has had his contract reviewed, and unanimously granted, in 2012 and then unanimously renewed in 2015 and 2018 with Boards of Selectmen comprised of 9 different individuals. I can only speak to his performance as viewed in public meetings and as reported to us over the past year, but I would give Jeff an A-. He has started addressing some of the long term financial obligations of the town in a thoughtful way and wants to put a capital plan in place that make sense to address the town’s current and longer term future needs. I have watched Board of Selectmen meetings in which he is requested to do specific actions (i.e. put together a sub-committee with specific composition of members) and then when he does just that, he has to spend time explaining his actions and choices, even when they were based on the criteria given to him by the Board. I would not be seeking change in the leadership at Town Hall and I would expect that Jeff would continue to be open to the ideas of the Board and the residents and businesses of Wilmington. I would have given Jeff a straight A but I would like to talk with him more about his methodology around the town’s current taxation and cash reserves and also about how we as a town can be more proactive in our town’s residential and commercial development and how he views his role in that.

Daryn Marsh

Mr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:

Kevin MacDonald

No response.

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