Kingston: State Rep. Tom Calter Chosen as New Town Administrator

In Kingston, the Board of Selectmen voted for State Representative Tom Calter to take over as the next Town Administrator. The board voted, 4-1 to hire Calter, with Susan Munford as the only “no” vote.

The selectmen scheduled a meeting for Friday at 5 p.m. to negotiate a contract with him.

“This is my hometown. You can imagine it’s a very exciting time for me and for my family,” said Calter. “My wife and I raised our children here, and they are raising our five grandchildren here. To serve in my hometown will be an extraordinary honor and a great privilege.”

Calter represents the 12th Plymouth District, which includes Plymouth, Duxbury, Halifax, Plympton and Middleboro.

The board interviewed three final candidates out of 19 applicants. Finalists included Calter, Michael McGovern of Plymouth — who served as an Assistant City Manager in Lowell — and Shawn MacInnes, a Municipal Operations Director in Yarmouth.

“I thought all three candidates were good choices for the town, being interviewed by five different people with different opinions can be challenging,” said Elaine Fiore, the Vice-Chair of the selectmen. “At the end of the day, I think that collectively, the board has chosen the best fit for Kingston at this time.”

In deliberation, the board felt that Calter’s experience at the state level, familiarity with the town, and economic planning made him stand out.

The board discussed that his son, Ryan, is a Detective with the Kingston Police Department.

“If that ever becomes an issue, it would certainly be addressed by the board,” said Fiore. “Being familiar with Mr. Calter’s reputation and integrity, I don’t see that as an obstacle to him performing his duties as a Town Administrator.”

They felt while McGovern had an impressive resume, they were concerned that a transition from a city like Lowell to a small town could have been difficult.

Selectman Susan Munford nominated MacInnes, saying that his experience in town government would be a better fit than adjusting from a state or city level. The motioned was turned down, 4-1, with Munford as the lone vote in favor.

Calter is set to take over for Robert Fennessy, who was the Town Administrator since 2013, but resigned in March.

Pending the contract negotiation with the town, Calter plans to retire as a State Representative after he wraps business up on Beacon Hill.

“Next week is budget week at the State House. It’s a 15-hour-a-day Marathon. I plan to be in session next week advocating for the things that I’ve worked for year-round,” said Calter. “At the appropriate time I’ll retire from the legislature and come on board with the Town of Kingston.”

State Representative Tom Calter of Kingston. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

State Representative Tom Calter of Kingston. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Shawn MacInnes, a Municipal Operations Director in Yarmouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Shawn MacInnes, a Municipal Operations Director in Yarmouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Michael McGovern of Plymouth, an Assistant City Manager in Lowell. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Michael McGovern of Plymouth, an Assistant City Manager in Lowell. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com