Malloy to step down as Westborough Town Manager

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Will serve in that capacity in Lexington

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor

James Malloy
Town of Westborough website

Westborough – After nearly 10 years as Westborough’s Town Manager, James Malloy plans to step down, after accepting a position in Lexington where he will serve in that capacity.

The move is another significant change in Westborough’s municipal government. This past spring two political newcomers were elected to the Board of Selectmen. Shelby Marshall and Syed Hashmi both defeated longtime BOS member George Barrette. Another longtime member, Denzil Drewry, chose not to run for re-election.

Malloy became Westborough’s town manager in 2009 after the retirement of Henry Danis, who served as town coordinator from 1994-2009.

The Lexington Board of Selectmen chose Malloy from a final list of three candidates, citing his experience with capital planning as being a major factor. In his tenure with Westborough, Malloy oversaw the building of a new fire station, the renovation of the Town Hall and now the Forbes Municipal Building, as well as various school projects. He also served until recently on the town’s Economic Development Committee and worked closely with all other municipal departments. Malloy will be replacing Carl Valente, who retired in May as Lexington’s Town Manager.

Malloy has held municipal positions in Colorado, New York and Sturbridge.  He has also held leadership roles in the International City Managers Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Managers Association.

In a statement, Malloy noted that his time in Westborough had been a “great experience”.

“We have great staff that has coalesced as a team over the past several years.  As a team we have made significant strides in improving the overall organization and the town’s financial outlook which directly affects the services we’re able to provide the community,” Malloy said. “With some of the changes this year, I felt it was timely for me to consider new challenges and opportunities.  I wish my staff, who I consider not only to be colleagues but friends, the best in the future.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Lexington Board of Selectmen, who are fully supportive of the town’s administration and have a very positive outlook on the challenges facing Lexington and I’m excited about the opportunity to work with them and the community to craft creative solutions to those challenges,” he added.

Westborough’s Board of Selectmen chair Leigh Emery noted, “We are pleased for Jim in having this excellent opportunity for his long term career. He has been a most adept Town Manager and we will miss his range of expertise and dedication to making Westborough a successfully growing and popular town.”

“The BOS will be meeting to start discussions on how we want to proceed for the period he is still with us, what will probably be a period of interim management, and on the search process of looking for a new Town Manager,” she added.

Westborough is a community of nearly 19,000 while Lexington has approximately 33,400 residents.

Malloy said he anticipates moving to the Lexington position in October.