By Mac Cerullo
---- — AMESBURY — John Dubuc has been hired as new director of the city’s Municipal Information Systems department, succeeding Anne Verret-Speck, who served as Amesbury’s MIS director for 16 years before retiring in November.
As MIS director, Dubuc will oversee a staff of four and is responsible for all technology support services for both the city and the schools, including software, hardware, networks and peripherals. Dubuc started on Tuesday and said things have gone very well so far.
“It’s a great environment, the people that I’ve met in the town are great,” Dubuc said. “I think it’s a very positive place to work; it’s been a very good first week.”
Prior to coming to Amesbury, Dubuc worked at the Greater Lowell Technical High School for nine years and was a storage engineer at Sun Microsystems in Burlington before that. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from UMass Lowell and is working on his master’s in information technology.
Among the essential aspects of the job are implementation of the city’s and school’s hardware and software, troubleshooting the inevitable technical problems that arise, overseeing the city’s network, database management, Internet access, email and maintenance of the city and school website.
Dubuc will most likely have his hands full, given the number of departments he services and the variety of issues that inevitably come up. Before retiring, Verret-Speck said the job kept her busy and there was rarely a dull moment.
“I support so many different constituents,” Verret-Speck told The Daily News in November. “I’ll go from supporting software that is used by the kids or tracking grades for students and then talking about that at one meeting, and then go on to the assessor’s database and the police.”
Dubuc said he first heard about the job opening a few months ago when a friend emailed him and suggested he give it a look. He felt that getting into the municipal side would be a good career move, so he applied and was hired about a month ago.
When not servicing the city’s IT systems, Dubuc coaches the St. Louis School track and field team in Lowell. He is married with three sons, and is also the Cubmaster for his youngest son’s Cub Scout pack.