Shrewsbury town manager contract extended through 2026

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Town Manager Kevin Mizikar spoke during a groundbreaking ceremony for Shrewsbury’s new police station last year. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Town Manager Kevin Mizikar will remain in his role in Shrewsbury for another three years after the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved an employment agreement last week.

Mizikar’s agreement has been extended through June 30, 2026. 

This approval comes following Mizikar’s evaluation, which was also reviewed by the selectmen during their April 26 meeting

“I just appreciate the support of the board,” Mizikar said. “I appreciate the frank conversations that we have.” 

He said that he and the selectmen “roll up their sleeves” and have good conversations.

“It’s enriching and enjoying and truly a pleasure to work for the town,” Mizikar said. “Thanks for your continued support.”

Mizikar’s evaluation assessed him in 12 categories on a scale of zero to four. Categories included knowledge, productivity, decision making, oral and written communication, financial administration, leadership, public relations, work relationships, staff development and training, personnel practices and his goals for the 2022 fiscal year. 

In selectmen feedback, which was read by Chair John Samia, the members said that Shrewsbury was “extremely fortunate” to have Mizikar.

They called him forward thinking, open minded, inclusive and not satisfied with the status quo. The selectmen said the strategic plan, which the town is working on, is a “glowing example” of Mizikar’s leadership.

Selectman Theresa Flynn said some people who watch the meeting may criticize the selectmen that they are being too complimentary. 

“We challenge you on a daily basis,” she said to Mizikar, though. “You challenge us on a daily basis.”

“I think I go into this sometimes looking at how things could be — how wrong they could be, how bad they could be — and it makes me even more grateful for the position that we’re in,” Flynn continued. 

Samia noted Mizikar’s availability and willingness to answer questions. 

“It was a very good year for you, and you continue to bring us forward as we continue to live in a changing world and we’re changing to meet our residents’ expectations,” Samia said.

Mizikar started his career as an intern and finance analyst for a town in West Virginia. 

He transitioned from that role to a budget analyst position with the Department of Energy, before taking an Economic Development Director gig in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Mizikar came to the region in 2011 to serve as Assistant Town Administrator in Grafton and, later as Town Administrator in Leicester.  

Mizikar has been Shrewsbury’s Town Manager since 2017.

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