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Charles Boddy, Jr. Named New Town Counsel

Charles Boddy, Jr. – a Bellingham resident and currently City Attorney for the City of Lawrence –was unanimously selected as Milford's new Town Counsel at the Board of Selectmen's March 26 meeting. The town planned to enter into contract negotiations with him immediately.

Boddy has been a lawyer for 30 years, and is a graduate of Colby College and the Boston College School of Law. He also served on the Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals for six years and served as that city's Land Use Planner. He became a City Attorney in Lawrence in 2003. During his March 19 interview with selectmen, Boddy noted that he is now the longest-serving department head in Lawrence.

Asked during that interview how he handled serving the often conflicting views of a nine-member City Council and a mayor, Boddy replied, "Long-term, you try to keep the politics out of it." He continued, "If you're going to diligently serve the municipality, you have to try to remove yourself as best you can from the politics and give the advice."

In Lawrence, Boddy was appointed by the City Council and currently oversees a staff of four and an annual budget of about $850,000. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

All three Milford selectmen favored Boddy over the other two finalists: Kevin Corridan of Wilbraham, who is the Assistant City Solicitor for both the City of Beverly and the City of Chicopee, and Kimberly McMahon, an attorney in private practice in Lowell who previously served as an Assistant City Solicitor in Lowell and Director Of Human Resources at Middlesex Community College.

"I was very impressed with all three candidates," said Selectman Chairman William Kingkade. A search committee consisting of Milford attorney Laura Mann and Jed Nosal of the Boston law firm Brown Rudnick – the lead lawyer in the town's legal efforts to acquire the Milford Water Company attorney – whittled the applicants from 11 who applied to five or six who were interviewed to the three finalists, Kingkade explained.

Former Town Counsel Gerald Moody and Town Administrator Richard Villani – who also is a lawyer – sat in on the interviews with Mann and Nosal, the chairman explained. Having the screening committee made the hiring process devoid of politics, Kingkade added.

Mann stepped into the board's March 19 meeting just after selectmen finished interviewing the three finalists. "It was a

good process," she said. "Jed [Nosal] and I worked well together." Continuing, she noted, "I think they all were very good [candidates] and I think it will be a tough decision." Kingkade led the board in thanking her, saying, "We really wanted a process that was devoid of politics."

On March 26, Selectman Michael Walsh led off the discussion on picking Moody's successor by citing Boddy's experience, maturity, educational background and being in charge of legal matters

for a much larger community. "It's the right choice," Walsh said. Selectman William Buckley agreed, also pointing to Boddy's wealth of municipal experience. "He is the Gerry Moody for the City of Lawrence," Kingkade said, noting that Boddy's approach to solving problems will allow people to get along with him and trust him.

After voting to select Boddy, the board directed Villani to enter into contract negotiations with him.


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