DEAN CHARTER FOR SELECTMAN: AN EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE
Principled. Proven. Dedicated.
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Dean has a unique set of qualifications for the post of Selectman. He has deep roots in the town, being the fifth generation of his family to live in West Acton. He graduated from Acton Boxboro in 1968. He holds a BS in Education and an MA in Public Administration, and has been a Certified Arborist for forty-five years. Dean and his wife Marcia raised their two sons on the last fragment of the family farm on Charter Road. Dean retired in 2015 after 40 years of paid service to the Town of Acton, having served for many years as Municipal Properties Director and Tree Warden. During his paid service he worked on many exciting projects for the Town, including serving as project manager for the expansion of Town Hall, renovations and additions to the Memorial Library, the creation of the new Public Safety Facility, and the early stages of obtaining a new Senior Center, among other projects. During his career with the Town Dean became a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official, as trained and designated by the Office of the Inspector General. As such, he is well versed in the intricacies of public purchasing, finance, and project management. He can continue to bring to the town a practical and experienced approach to the challenges facing Acton. During his years as Town staff Dean worked collaboratively with other staff, consultants, and the public, and has continued to do so as a member of the Community Preservation Committee, the Chair of the Trustees of the West Acton Citizens’ Library, and as an Associate member of the Kelley’s Corner Steering Committee.
Dean was always considered to be a leader in the urban forestry community in Massachusetts. He became a Certified Arborist in 1974, a designation he still maintains even in “retirement”. He served on the boards of several Arborist organizations, including a term as President of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association in 1989-1990, As Board Secretary for the New England Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture in 1994-1995, as President of the New England Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture in 2003, and is now serving as the Treasurer of the New England Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture. He was appointed to a Task Force by Gov. Weld to consider the consolidation of the Metropolitan District Commission and the Department of Environmental Management, with those recommendations eventually resulting in the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Since his retirement, Dean chaired the Senior Center Study Committee, and made the successful presentation at the 2016 Town Meeting that resulted in the creation of the new Senior Center and Human Services Center. Dean has served on the Community Preservation Committee since 2016, and presently serves as Clerk. Dean has chaired the Trustees of the West Acton Citizens’ Library since 2016, and presently serves on the Kelley’s Corner Steering Committee.
Dean and his wife Marcia served as chaperones for the Acton Boxboro Regional High School Band and Friends of Music from 1992 until 2000, safely supervising 200 students on numerous national and international competitions.
Dean is very active in the Acton Lions Club and served as Club President in 2017-2018