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Lawrence 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 position.

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 college’s budget and finance division and also oversaw the college’s buildings and grounds department as well as the bursar’s office.

While at NECC, Mr. Andrews also served as the college’s liaison to the state legislative members who interact with the college and the communities that NECC has a presence in.

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 college’s remodeling of our Beharkis Student Center – both projects are located on NECC’s 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 position.      

Michael Sullivan is in his second, four year term as mayor of Lawrence . His term expires in 2009. You can email him at sull33@aol.com

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The September 2007 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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