By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Shrewsbury – For nearly two decades Daniel Morgado has served as town manager, overseeing all aspects of the town’s municipal needs. It has been, he said, “a wonderful and fascinating experience.”
But it is time, he said, to step down from that position and move onto something else.
Morgado first served as executive assistant to former longtime Shrewsbury Town Manager Richard Carney in the early 1980s before being named town administrator first in Blackstone, and then in Easton and Grafton. He came back to Shrewsbury in 1998, where became the town’s third town manager. (Allen Wilcox served from 1953-1957 and then Carney served for 40 years, from 1957-1997.)
Morgado said he is not yet sure what he will do once he steps down in June.
“I am almost 61 and still in good health, so I thought this would be a good time for a change,” he said. “But I have nothing planned at this time yet – I am not jumping into anything. We will see what develops. There are a few things possible but I want to keep that private for now. And I still have six months’ worth of work to do. “
Morgado hopes to continue teaching at Clark University in the Master in Public Administration program. It is a position he greatly enjoys, he said.
Notifying the Board of Selectmen of his decision now was important, he added, so that they could start the process of searching for his replacement.
“They will hire a consultant – it’s a very systematic process,” he said. “That will give them time and me as well to help in the transition.”
Overseeing the town’s government he said, had been a great experience and a “true adventure.”
“So many things get put on your plate – that was the wonderful aspect. You might think one thing wasn’t going to be a big issue but then it turned out to be. I treated it all as very important, whether it was a new school, the budget or an issue a resident had,” he said. “No day was ever the same.”
The Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) will honor Morgado with its Community Service Award at the SEF annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner Saturday, Jan. 21, at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston.
According to a release from the group, the award is given to “a town leader who goes above and beyond in delivering outstanding services to the community and to the Shrewsbury Public Schools. SEF is grateful to Mr. Morgado for his leadership and unwavering dedication to our community.”
For more information, visit SEFGrants.org.