Plainville Selectman Robert Fennessy chosen as Kingston’s next town admin
TOWN HOUSE- The Kingston Board of Selectmen (BOS) was unanimous in choosing Robert Fennessy (pictured), a selectman from Plainville with a strong legal background, as Kingston’s next town administrator on Monday night.
As a result of the selectmen’s 4-0- vote last night, Robert Fennessy will now enter contract negotiations with the Town of Kingston provided that he passes a physical examination and a background check.
Fennessy has been a selectman in Plainville for 17 years, serving tenures from 1991-1997 and 2002-current. According to WickedLocal:Kingston, Fennessy will not seek reelection in Plainville when his selectmen term expires in April of 2014.
When Fennessy last ran for reelection in Plainville–during the spring of 2011–he listed his proudest accomplishment as a selectman with WickedLocal:Plainville.
“I am most proud of projecting an image to commercial and industrial businesses to locate in Plainville, bringing jobs and needed tax monies to the town,” Fennessy wrote. “In my past two terms in office…the commercial tax base increased in Plainville by more than $114 million dollars.”
Fennessy won reelection in 2011 decisively, posting 444 votes to his opponent’s 107 votes.
Kingston’s new town administrator has also previously served as a town administrator in Boylston and ran for the Massachusetts General Court in 2010 as a Democrat. Fennessy later dropped out of the race.
The Kingston Board of Selectmen has previously voted to pay the next town administrator a salary that could run up to $125k.
When Fennessy takes over at the corner office in the Kingston Town House he will replace Nancy Howlett, Kingston’s acting-Town Administrator. Howlett has served as Kingston’s temporary town administrator since the abrupt resignation of Jim Thomas last summer.