Posted on: November 30, 2017

Joint Statement of the Natick Board of Selectmen & Town Administrator Martha L. White

The Natick Board of Selectman and Town Administrator Martha White wish to jointly announce a decision with respect to transitioning Town leadership.   Ms. White, who has served the community since September, 2006, had previously announced that her last day of employment as Town Administrator will be June 30, 2018.   Accordingly, the search for a new Town Administrator is in process. 

The Board of Selectman and Ms. White have mutually decided that Ms. White will step aside early from the Town Administrator role, remaining available to assist with the transition as needed. The Board of Selectman and the Town Administrator have been working together on matters relating to Town leadership, identifying needs, and effectuating the best transition.   The Board of Selectmen and Ms. White are both committed to the success of this transition and the future of the Town.

Throughout her tenure Ms. White has been a determined advocate for policies and programs to enhance the Town's fiscal strength and stability.  For example, Ms. White led the development of the Town's first Financial Management Principles which were adopted in 2011, the community's reserve position has been substantially enhanced, the capital planning and budgeting processes have been vastly improved and, importantly, in 2008 the Town attained the coveted AAA bond rating, which rating has since been renewed nine times; to our knowledge, only 15 other Massachusetts communities have maintained the AAA bond rating for such duration.

Also noteworthy are the Town's many sustainability initiatives and successes under Ms. White's leadership.  Specifically, solar arrays have been installed on nine municipal buildings at no cost to the Town, generating 1.8 megawatts of solar power and saving the Town an estimated $3 million over 20 years.  In addition, since 2010, the Town has been awarded over $1 million in grants and utility incentives in support of a variety of energy reduction projects which, cumulatively, are projected to save the Town over $300,000 annually.  These and other initiatives - such as pilot programs for organic lawn care at municipal properties and curbside collection of household compost, as well as new programs to reduce solid waste - have firmly established Natick as a sustainability leader.

The Board of Selectmen expresses its sincere appreciation for Ms. White's tireless efforts and many initiatives on behalf of the Town of Natick and its residents.  The Board of Selectmen further wishes to acknowledge the strength of the leadership team developed by Ms. White and to express our support and appreciation for their work on behalf of the Town of Natick.

The Board of Selectmen wishes Ms. White all the best in her future endeavors and sincerely thanks her for her service to the Town of Natick.

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