By Chris Maza
LONGMEADOW – Meet Jay Moynihan, the town of Longmeadow’s acting town manager.
The Select Board chose Moynihan to occupy the corner office on the first floor of Town Hall and bridge the gap between former Town Manager Stephen Crane’s departure and the arrival of the town’s next chief executive.
Originally from Springfield, Moynihan returned to Western Massachusetts after a lengthy stay in North Attleborough that began in 1995. For that community, he served as its first town administrator for 3 ½ years before spending the remaining time as the general manager of the municipal light plant. Having retired in October 2018, Moynihan said he enjoyed municipal government and thought he would be helpful in the town’s transition.
“My thought was that could I provide some continuity relative to the daily management of the municipal government in the role of town manager per the charter,” he explained, adding his first goal was to establish a good working relationship with the Select Board, other town departments and residents.
Unlike Barry Del Castillo, who served as acting town manager during the Select Board’s previous search that resulted in the hiring of Crane six years ago, Moynihan said he didn’t foresee having any involvement in this search. The town has contracted the services
of Community Paradigm Associates, which is currently gathering applications and coordinating with the assembled Town Manager Search Committee.
“My objective and my responsibilities are to provide services relative to the day-to-day operation of the municipal government and working with department heads and the Select Board and citizens,” he said.
Moynihan also said one of his major focuses would be on the major projects currently underway, including the new Department of Public Works facility and the Adult Center and the new street lighting project.
Select Board Chair Marie Angelides previously indicated Moynihan’s prior experience with managing major projects set him apart from other candidates for the temporary position. When asked about this experience, Moynihan pointed to his work upgrading North Attleborough’s substation, the installation of LED lighting, and the
implementation of new customer service technologies.
While he said he has had contact with Crane and others to assist with his transition, he said getting right to work was the best way to understand the way the town works.
“I had the opportunity to talk to Stephen and others before I came on and they were very helpful, but the truth is in these kinds of situations, it’s just best to get into it,” he said. “By getting involved, it gives you a better sense of the issues and where you can be helpful. At the end of the day, no matter how much assistance you get, which I appreciate, you still have to jump into the situation and get moving.”
To this point, Moynihan said his involvement in the town was “concentrated in the Town Hall arena,” but he looked forward to finding opportunities to have more interaction with the community.
Moynihan can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling the Select Board / Town Manager’s office at Town Hall at 565-4110.