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|Starting from scratch|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:32|
Brian Cherry has been hired as Duxbury's first Facilities Director.
Town Manager René Read last week announced the newly created position for Facilities Director in Duxbury has been filled.
Brian Cherry was selected as the finalist by a search committee appointed by Richard MacDonald, then-interim Town Manager in July. The committee evaluated the application packages that were received and ranked the candidates according to their experience and the job's requirements and interviewed the semi-finalists, after which two candidates were recommended. Superintendent Benedict
Tantillo and Read then interviewed the finalists and offered Cherry the position.
Cherry, a Plymouth native, graduated from Plymouth North High School and studied at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he sailed in the merchant marines as a chief engineer on oil tankers for several years. From there, he landed a position as the facility manager and interim director of operations at Gillette Stadium, during which time he went back to school to receive a master’s degree in facilities management. Most recently,
Cherry worked at a tri-town school district in New Hampshire, where he was the director of facilities.
After applying for the position, Cherry said he went on a tour of the police station and library and met with the hiring committee of 15 people. Two days later, he got married. Shortly thereafter, he was hired.
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks,” Cherry said. “It’s been very busy, but it’s been exciting, too.”
Cherry said he was impressed with the level of organization that he experienced throughout the application process. Discussions about a facilities director for the town have circulated over the last several years and Town Meeting voters in 2012 and 2013 gave approval to explore and fund the position. The position was listed internally and externally in April.
"We welcome Mr. Cherry to the Town of Duxbury and I would like to thank the Search Committee for its extensive efforts in the screening of applicants," Read said.
Cherry will begin employment as Duxbury's first Facili- ties Director on Aug. 12. He said he is most looking forward to getting to know his way around town and building his department from the ground up. Among his duties will be corrective and preventative maintenance, capital improvement planning as well as typical facilities department functions, such as custodial work.
One of Cherry’s first projects will be working with engineers and project managers at the new co-located middle-high school to develop a remote control system for handling alarms, lighting and HVAC. The most challenging thing, he said, will be to learn about how the town operates.
“It seems like they have a good plan in place right now and my plan is to make sure all the buildings are being used properly,” he said. “The first few years will be hectic, but that’s to be expected.”
For the first year, Cherry will focus on getting to know the buildings around town and identifying what needs are highest and inputting all the information into a software system in order to efficiently manage each building. From there, he will start hiring and building his department.
“It’s exciting to build a department from scratch,” he said. “We are going to make sure the money that has been invested into the town is being used properly. We will bring old buildings back to life and take on any challenges with a good outlook.”