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March 28, 2014

West Newbury finance director to retire

WEST NEWBURY — Finance director Warren G. Sproul will retire from the town upon the expiration of his current contract on June 30. Sproul has offered to continue working for the town on an ad hoc basis in order to ensure a smooth transition for the next finance director.

During his tenure, according to the joint announcement by selectmen and Sproul, the town has advanced numerous financial objectives including lowering the town’s interest obligations by over $650,000; fully funding its Other Post Employment Benefits obligations, overseeing the Page School repairs and creating a new Town Investment Policy Committee.

In accordance with Section VII of the Town of West Newbury Bylaws, there will be a screening committee composed of five members appointed by one by each of following boards: Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, Personnel Committee, Finance Committee and the Capital Improvements Committee.

The screening committee will conduct a search for candidates. Then the Board of Selectmen will make its appointment from one of the three finalists presented by the screening committee.

Sproul began his tenure in West Newbury in July 2011, after selectmen decided not to renew the contract of longtime finance director Tracy Blais.

Sproul previously worked as the director of Municipal Finance and collector/treasurer in Quincy.

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