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Why so many town managers are resigning; state trial courts have their eye on design


This is the Radio Boston rundown for July 7. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • About 288 towns in Massachusetts have town managers instead of mayors, and according to the hiring firm Community Paradigm Associates, more than half of those positions have seen turnover in the last seven years. Outgoing town managers cite increased politicization of local government, pandemic pressures and the difficulty of living in their towns on municipal government salaries. We speak to former Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine about his decision to leave his job, and current Sandwich Town Manager Bud Dunham, who is also the president of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association.
  • The Massachusetts Trial Court system is working to improve design and user experiences inside its courts. John Laing, the court's chief experience and diversity officer, is partnering with Bentley University students to upgrade signage, restraining-order processes and other court experiences. Laing joins us to share more.
  • Lonnie Newburn, owner of The Boston Shaker, joins us in the studio to help us craft the perfect summer cocktail.

This program aired on July 7, 2022.


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