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Town Manager interviews will be held this weekend. Who are the finalists?


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WESTFORD — After serving Westford for over 14 years, Town Manager Jodi Ross announced her retirement this summer. Now, three finalists will undergo a final round of interviews with the Select Board on Saturday.

Each candidate submitted a cover letter and resume, as well as responses to three essay questions.

Eric Heideman

Current position: Assistant Town Manager for Westford.

Education: Master of Arts in Public Administration, Master of Science in Facilities Management, Bachelor of Science in Criminology.

Previous positions: Director of Public Facilities for Ashland, Director of Facilities Management for Framingham.

Kristen Las

Current position: Assistant Town Manager for Shrewsbury.

Education: Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning, Bachelor’s of Science in Geography – Urban and Regional.

Previous positions: Town Planner and Economic Development Coordinator for Shrewsbury, Lecturer at Clark University.

Matthew Hanson 

Current position: Town Administrator for Tyngsborough.

Education: Master’s degree in Regional Economic and Social Development, Bachelor pf Arts om Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Hanson also has a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University.

Previous positions: Assistant Town Administrator for Tyngsborough, Project and Procurement Specialist for Westford, Chair of the Select Board of Chelmsford and a councilor for the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments.

Each candidate provided answers to three essay questions. Responses can be read online: Heideman, Las, Hanson. WestfordCAT will livestream the event on Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

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