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January 15, 2014

Town manager receives salary bump after evaluation

Crosbie: Collaboration key in first year

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One project Crosbie initiated was the reorganization of the utilities department, in which she recommended to move the water and wastewater operations to Department of Public Works, Craft said.

“I don’t think we are quite ready to make a decision on that,” Craft said. “It has been a useful discussion, and we’ve learned a lot.”

Crosbie said during an interview that she thought her first year went well.

“It is a combined effort with the management team and Board of Selectmen,” she said. “I’ve been very happy that people worked very collaboratively during this past year.”

Beside capital planning and budgeting, Crosbie revamped job descriptions for department heads and worked to improve emergency management systems. An emergency management center opened in the basement of Town Hall because there was no room in the police station, she said.

She worked to restore the recreation director position to full time and developed the ReCreation and Culture Department, where the director, Kerrie Bates, is also in charge of organizing events aimed to help with the town’s economic development.

Crosbie, the former town manager of Longmeadow, replaced longtime Town Manager Bob Markel, who stepped down to take a town manager job in Maine. He was making $122,133 annually when he resigned.

Ipswich’s town charter requires the manager to live in town. Crosbie grew up in Maine and northern Virginia, went to college in North Carolina and taught on a Navajo reservation before coming to Ipswich.

“I like living in town. I am not the one who enjoys driving,” she said. “I live on High Street, and I can walk to work and downtown.”

She said she enjoys the commercial center, historic district, beach and open space.

“It is a 360-degree town,” she said. “There is a little bit of everything.”

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