Bedford selects new town manager
BEDFORD — The town council has chosen Stephen J. Daly to serve as the new town manager.
Daly takes over the position vacated by former Town Manager Jessie Levine, who left Bedford in January to work as the Sullivan County manager. Daly begins his new job in early March. He will receive an annual salary of $124,000, and was chosen out of a pool of five candidates interviewed by the council.
“Mr. Daly has a wealth of local government and private sector experience that should serve the public well into the future,” said Chris Bandazian, town council chairman, in his announcement Wednesday. “The council was also impressed in the selection process with his professionalism, initiative and research into the town’s challenges and potential. Daly has a management and executive leadership that will contribute positively to Bedford’s current and future governance and economic growth and development.”
Bandazian said Daly has 20 years of experience as a local government chief administrative officer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 13 years as a director of regional service delivery programs with MAPC, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston; and several years of upper-management, private sector experience in the waste-to-energy and professional motorsports marketing industries.
Daly graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Maine. He also has earned credits in Suffolk University’s Master in Public Administration program and earned a certificate in the State and Local Executives Mid Career Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to his tenure at MAPC, he served as town manager of Salem for four years. He also served as town administrator in North Reading, Mass., for six years, and in Bedford, Mass., for four years.
Bandazian said Daly’s accomplishments at MAPC include development of a state-wide collective procurement program that has grown to serve more than 700 local, county and state government agencies and universities in five New England states with annual sales in excess of $50 million. He also directed MAPC’s Joint Services Program projects that have produced health service delivery models, consolidated 911 call centers, and an ongoing project to merge the fire departments of two adjoining communities.
“Daly looks forward to meeting and working with Bedford residents, businesses and community organizations; and both Mr. Daly and the town council are eager to begin working together when he comes on board in early March,” said Bandazian.
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