Plymouth: New Assistant Town Manager

Plymouth has a new Assistant Town Manager. Marlene McCollem will be on the job soon, taking over from Derek Brindisi who resigned­­­­ last summer to take over as Town Manager in Upton.

Marlene McCollem Assistant Town Manager, Plymouth

Marlene McCollem
Assistant Town Manager, Plymouth

Marlene McCollem is a Plymouth resident, and one of four finalist for the position. Town Manager Melissa Arrighi says once candidates advance beyond the initial interview, they are given an assignment.

“In this case, it was a DUI case that actually happened with an employee, and ask them to respond to how they would handle this situation,” said Arrighi.

At one point. finalists make a presentation to show what they would do in a specified situation. For this, Arrighi gathers together four or five department heads:

“And we see how they actually present information to us–and what they appear like as they present. What kind of figure do they look like, do they sound like, when they present to the public,” said Arrighi.

The consensus: McCollem was the best fit.

“Her background is that she’s been working for the state in a planning role for the Metroplitan Area Planning Council, but prior to that she’s worked in environment and permitting for Carver; she’s worked for planning in Falmouth. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude,” said Arrighi.

McCollem’s duties will include union negotiations, updating of Selectmens’ policies, and building the town meeting warrant.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.