DPW Chief Chosen As Barnstable Assistant Town Manager

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By: Laura M. Reckford
Published: 07/10/12

Barnstable Town Manager Thomas K. Lynch has chosen Mark Ells, the director of the town's Department of Public Works, to be his second in command.

Mr. Lynch interviewed two in-house candidates last Thursday after posting a vacancy for the assistant town administrator position. Besides Mr. Ells, Kevin Friel, who works in the town's Weights & Measures department, responded to the posting.

Mr. Lynch said he will bring his choice before the Barnstable Town Council this Thursday night for a vote and ratification.

Mr. Ells, 50, lives in Centerville with his wife and six children.

Mr. Lynch said, Mr. Ells would keep his existing salary of $125,000 and same benefits in the new position.

Mr. Ells will move into the "corner office" in town hall, the former office of the previous town manager, John C. Klimm. Mr. Lynch said he has decided to keep his  office, a smaller space which is adjacent to the corner office in the same office suite on the second floor of town hall.

Referring to Mr. Ells's resume, Mr. Lynch said Mr. Ells served from 1999 to 2002 as assistant director of the Department of Public Works and for two months as interim director before being appointed director of the Department of Public Works, a job he has held for 10 years.

He began working for the town as the supervisor in the solid waste division and later served as supervisor of the highway division. He also worked as a senior project manager in the engineering division.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in Vermont and two master's degrees, one in business administration and one in public administration from Western New England College.

He teaches business administration at Cape Cod Community College and has also taught at Quincy College.

If the town council approves the appointment, Mr. Lynch said the assistant director of public works, Robert Canevazzi, who is the former town manager of Dennis, will be appointed interim department of public works director.

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