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Upton’s Interim Town Manager

Upton's interim Town Manager, Robert (Bob) Reed has officially been on the job for just a few weeks now but with his decades of experience working for municipalities, he seems to be handling his transition into his latest role like a pro.

Reed officially took over the Town Manager's position in the beginning of January after Blythe Robinson resigned to accept a job for the Town of Wellesley. Not long after that, the Board of Selectmen hired Reed to temporarily take over the executive position until a new Town Manager is hired.

For nine years, Reed served as the Town Administrator for Leicester before retiring. Prior to that, he worked for several other communities including Sutton and Sherborn. As of late, he's enjoyed serving in interim positions, most recently as town manager and town administrator for Southbridge and Princeton, respectively.

Reed received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Clark University and has been working for municipalities throughout his professional career. He said he loves the challenges that come with working in town government. Those challenges, he says, concern issues all communities are facing these days. "There's so many more unfunded mandates and regulations that Massachusetts towns have to deal with now. And with the constraints of (Prop) 2 ½ (levy limit), it's difficult to meet them," said Reed. "But at the same time, it forces municipalities to really manage their budgets well and stretch their dollars more."

Reed said the rewards of his job are multiple but he's most enjoyed seeing the results of building projects completed, such as a new school or other municipal structures. He noted, "Seeing a tangible undertaking that will go on to improve services for so many is very rewarding." Still, during his brief tenure in Upton, Reed will be responsible making certain the town continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.

He comes to Upton at a very busy time as budget season kicks into high gear soon and he'll also be busy preparing for the May Annual Town Meeting, while also making certain timelines are met for grants and other projects. Still, he said the transition has been smooth thus far thanks to his predecessor. "Blythe left everything in such great shape, and the Board of Selectmen and department heads have been really helpful too," said Reed.

Reed stated the opportunity to work in Upton came at a great time and it will certainly keep him busy for the next four to five months. Reed will be in his Town Hall office three days a week. "I'm really happy to be here; the door's always open," he said.


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