Wilmington Assistant Town Manager Leaving for N. Andover
WILMINGTON -- After nearly two years in town, Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey is leaving her post for North Andover.
Casey’s last day in her a dual role as Wilmington’s assistant town manager and human resources director is Oct. 26. On Nov. 5, she will begin her role as assistant town manager in North Andover.
“It was a very difficult decision,” said Casey, of Danvers. “North Andover is big enough to have an HR director, so I will be able to take on more of a management role and move beyond HR to do some other activities there.”
Before coming to Wilmington, Casey spent nine years as the human resources director of Lexington. Casey replaced Kendra Amaral, Wilmington’s former assistant town manager, who is now the town manager in Kittery, Maine.
Casey will be joining the North Andover team at a time when the community is grappling with the after effects of last month’s gas explosions.
“Part of what I found so interesting about the position is how well the community came together around this disaster and how professional all of the North Andover senior staff gathered together as a team to really serve the citizens,” she said. “I was really impressed by that.”
Casey has also known North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor on a professional level for about 15 years. She said they met through the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association when he was the town administrator in Swampscott.
“She’s been a great addition. It’s certainly a real loss for Wilmington and a big gain for North Andover,” Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull said. “One of the things I think is sometimes overlooked is a person’s attitude. She has a positive attitude and always comes in with a smile. She’s been a positive influence on all of us, very easy to work with, dedicated to public service and I certainly wish her well.”
While Casey is looking forward to the opportunities North Andover has to offer, she said she is proud of several areas she was able to impact during her short time in Wilmington. Three accomplishments she said stand out are her involvement in the Community Compact between the town and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, her role in negotiating the tax increment financing agreement with Analog Devices and the approval of a new enterprise resource planning software, called Munis. Additionally, she said she will miss working with Hull.
The job listing for Casey’s position was posted to the town’s website Tuesday. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 19. Hull said with budget season approaching, he hopes to have a new hire in place by the beginning of 2019.