Friday, May 10, 2013
The celebration will take place on May 23.
Residents are invited to celebrate the career of Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner on Thursday, May 23. The celebration will take place at the Hillview Country Club. Hechenbleikner has been Reading's town manager since 1986, and the first to hold the position. He will retire on June 1 and Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur will take over. Join other residents and town employees to celebrate his career at the Hillview Country Club on May 23. There will be a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:45 p.m. There is limited seating, so RSVP to LeLacheur as soon as possible. Send your name, email address, choice of statler chicken or baked haddock and check for $45 per person made out to Robert LeLacheur to 47 County Road…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur will be Reading's new town manager in June.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last week to name Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur the new town manager. LeLacheur will take over for Peter Hechenbleikner, Reading’s first and only town manager, who will retire on June 1 after 26 years in the position. LeLacheur graduated from Colgate University in 1980 with a degree in Mathematical Economics. After graduation, he worked for a computer company completing projects for Wall Street firms. One of the firms liked his work and ended up hiring him directly. He spent six years on Wall Street working in investment banks, primarily doing quantitative municipal bond research. "I suppose that part is interesting since now I'm in the other side of municipal finance…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Do you think Robert LeLacheur was a good choice?
After interviewing three finalists to replace Reading's first and only Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner, Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur was chosen for the position. The two other candidates interviewed were John D’Agostino, Abington town manager since 2010 and Kerry Speidel, Lunenburg town manager since 2007. Hechenbleikner will retire on June 1 after 26 years as town manager and LeLacheur will take over. What do you think of the decision? Since LeLacheur knows the town well, do you think he was the best choice? Will LeLacheur make a good town manager? Let us know your thoughts. Share in the comments section below.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
After focusing on two of three finalists.
Reading’s new town manager is a familiar face here: Robert LeLacheur. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last night to name LeLacheur, the town’s assistant town manager and finance director for the last seven years, the town’s top administrator after an hour of discussion about the three finalists for the post. The board interviewed the three on March 5. The board focused last night on two of the three finalists: LeLacheur and Kerry Speidel, town manager of Lunenburg since 2007. Board members deemed the third finalist, outgoing Abington Town Manager John D’Agostino, too strong an agent for change here. D’Agostino described himself as a “change agent.” LeLacheur, who worked in the private sector -- the finance industry, before moving…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Expect to make decision March 12 or 19.
Each of the three finalists for Reading town manager took a turn in the spotlight Tuesday during their public interviews with the Board of Selectmen. The finalists are Robert LeLacheur, Reading’s assistant town manager and finance director since 2005; John D’Agostino, Abington town manager since 2010; and Kerry Speidel, Lunenburg town manager since 2007. (The screening committee identified Speidel as town administrator.) The selectmen interviewed the finalists in that order. One thing they had in common: they all described themselves as strong listeners. A summary of each candidate’s comments during his or her roughly hour-and-a-quarter interview follows. Robert LeLacheur LeLacheur has a unique background, according to one selectman, …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Also: Residents oppose parking change on Woburn Street.
Now there are three finalists for town manager and one of the trio is a familiar face: assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur. The Town Manager Screening Committee has also named John D’Agostino, town manager in Abington, and Kerry Speidel, Lunenburg’s town administrator, as finalists. The Board of Selectmen will interview the three finalists individually, in public, this coming Tuesday, March 5, starting at 6 p.m. The position will open when town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner retires this spring. He has held the job for more than a quarter of a century. Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Goldy wants the selectmen to choose a new town manager on March 19, the last scheduled board meeting before the town election April…