AMESBURY — Mayor Ken Gray will officially announce the city’s new chief financial officer and director of community and economic development to the City Council tonight. Both men have previous experience in Carriagetown.
“We’re pleased to have two candidates with proven track records not only in municipal government, but specifically right here in Amesbury,” Gray said. “These are two extremely important positions, and they will be filled by individuals who have already proven themselves through their service to our community.”
The city will lose Mike Basque, its chief financial officer of 26 years, next month. Basque is retiring in July after 36 years of municipal government service. His replacement, Chuck Benevento, brings with him over 28 years of experience, most recently as Haverhill’s finance director/city auditor.
“We are thrilled to have Chuck on board,” Gray said. “I think his experience and his professional accomplishments speak for themselves.”
In his position in Haverhill since 2003, Benevento has more than 30 years of experience in finance, beginning when he was a student at Boston University, working in the school’s accounting office. He eventually worked his way up to the position of BU’s supervisor of General, Grant and Contract Accounting. In 1986, Benevento began a 12-year stint in Amesbury as finance director, town accountant and MIS director.
“(Amesbury) was a good place to work the first time,” Benevento said. “I hope it will be again. Here’s the weird thing: When I came here the first time, I was replacing Mike Basque, and I am doing it again. When he retires, I don’t have a choice. It’s like karma, I have to replace him.”
The Lynn native eventually became the finance director for the city of Chelsea in 1998 before moving on to become North Andover’s director of finance for three years in 2000.