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WESTFORD — After 14 years of service, the Select Board is saying goodbye to Town Manager Jodi Ross.
Ross, who began her tenure with the town in 2008, officially announced her retirement at a June 28 Select Board meeting.
Ross officially retires from her position on Jan. 3, 2023, after which she will serve as acting Town Manager until Jan. 31. Kristen Las, Assistant Town Manager with the Town of Shrewsbury, will begin as Westford’s new Town Manager on Feb. 1.
“We could begin and go on until January 2023 and talk about all the accomplishments of Jodi over the last 14 years and all of the changes she has brought to the town,” said Select Board Chair Andrea Peraner-Sweet during a June 28 meeting.
The board praised Ross’ leadership and her efforts in expanding the town’s budget and resources since 2008.
“You have, over the last 14 years led this town with passion, compassion, integrity, professionalism and you have moved us over the past 14 years from a town that was operating on a much smaller level than it does today,” said Select Board Chair Andrea Peraner-Sweet on Dec. 27.
She continued, “on behalf of the board and everyone who has worked with you, for you and by you, we can only say thank you which doesn’t beginning to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for you.”
The Board gifted ross a carved wooden piece of Westford, a copy of the book “Westford, “a mug from the Westford Historical Society, two Westford-themed wine glasses and a Westford-themed ornament.
“I will miss the people, the residents, all of you and certainly all of the staff. It’s been great,” said Ross.
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