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North Reading Community Planning Administrator Resigns

Heidi Griffin's last day was May 4.

Community Planning Administrator Heidi Griffin resigned earlier this month. Her last day was May 4.

Town Administrator Greg Balukonis said, "I am confirming Ms. Griffin submitted her voluntary resignation that was effective on May 4, 2012. She left for personal reasons."

Griffin confirmed that she left for personal reasons, and said it was a hard decision to make. She enjoyed working for the planning commission, she said. They are "very fair and forward-thinking."

“I miss them already,” she said of the commission. “That was the hardest part of leaving, saying goodbye to them and my assistant Debbie Savarese.”

When Griffin first started as the community planning administrator, the department just looked at permitting, however, she chose to go beyond that by writing grants. One of the several she wrote gained the town 1.7 million dollars.

Chairman of the Community Planning Commission Warren Pearce said that Griffin was an excellent grant writer and provided a lot of good programs and grants for North Reading. He admired that she worked on many other things outside of her job as planning administrator.

"She will be missed," he said. "She's going to be difficult to replace. She did a lot of work for everybody."

According to Human Resources Director Alyson Olsen, she is unsure when the town will begin searching for someone to fill Griffin's position. 

"We are in discussion about it, I have no idea when that is going to happen though," Olsen said.

Joe Veno May 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Heidi, Thank you for your years of service. You will be missed.
John Magazzu- Renaissance REALTORS May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Heidi Griffin did alot of great work for the Town of North Reading. Always reasonable and looking for ways to help the town prosper and grow. She will be hard to replace.
E May 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I never knew Heidi and please don't take this the wrong way but might we make lemonade out of lemons by searching for and hiring a grant writer with a proven track record in winning waste water/sewer grants. I admit knowing nothing about municipal hiring, but do know that my former town creatively piggy backed water system, street and utility improvements in order to minimize the impact on taxpayers. If we promote another civil servant from town hall is this the best solution for North Reading? We go out of our way to replace School Principals and Police Chiefs. In todays crazy funding environment in my opinion we should devote similar effort replacing Heidi's valuable expertise and potentially improving on it. E E
Joe Veno May 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
E, Why do you asume the position will be filled from within? It did not state that in the article
E May 18, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Joe, Just a guess on my part. Lets see what pans out. E

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