Needs Mark Andrews
Over a number of months the City of Lawrence has searched
for a Budget and Finance Director with the skills and
background that will allow that person to be effective in such a challenging
This past week, I submitted to the Lawrence City Council
my candidate for this very important position. Mr. Mark
Andrews was the top selection of an interview team headed
by our Personnel Director, Mr. Frank Bonet. Mr. Andrews
is someone I fully support for this job because I believe
that he has the critical skills for success in this job
and success for the city of Lawrence.
Mr. Andrews is a graduate of the University of Lowell
with a Bachelors of Arts in Education. He continued his
education at Suffolk University earning a Masters of
Public Administration in Finance. More years ago than he
probably cares to remember, Mark graduated from our very
own Lawrence High School.
Since 1998 he served at Northern Essex Community College
as Vice President of Administration. He was responsible
for the colleges budget and finance division and
also oversaw the colleges buildings and grounds
department as well as the bursars office.
While at NECC, Mr. Andrews also served as the colleges
liaison to the state legislative members who interact
with the college and the communities that NECC has a
One of the most exciting projects that Mr. Andrews was
involved in concerned the construction of their
Technology Center. He was also involved in the colleges
remodeling of our Beharkis Student Center both
projects are located on NECCs Haverhill campus.
Mr. Andrews worked directly with the David Hartleb,
(President of NECC), in developing during each of his
nine years at the college.
During that time period NECC had a balanced budget and
ended each fiscal year with a positive balance. Like all
state colleges throughout Massachusetts, there were years
that NECC faced challenging budget cuts, but working as a
team, Mr. Andrews helped to create a sound budget process
and operational budget.
He also has a background in municipal matters, having
served as the Director of Economic Development and
Planning for the City of Haverhill from 1994 to 1998.
While serving in this capacity he was successful in
helping Haverhill tackle many of the issues that face
urban cities as they try to engage economic growth and
seize opportunities. I believe his background and hands
on experience in Haverhill in this capacity will benefit
us here in Lawrence as he takes on this new challenge.
During the month of September the Lawrence City Council
will consider Mr. Andrews background as well as his
ability to help the city of Lawrence implement the our
new $239 million spending plan. I am confident that at
the end of the process, a majority of the City Council
will find Mr. Andrews to be a qualified professional with
the work and education background that will lead to
success of our Budget and Finance Director.
I hope that you will join me in welcoming Mr. Andrews and
in giving him a chance to prove himself in is new
Michael Sullivan is in his second, four year term as
mayor of Lawrence . His term expires in 2009. You can
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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