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ABOUT TOWN: Crimmins Resigns as Stoughton’s Town Manager

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Updated at 10 p.m. on 1/25:

About Town has confirmed that Stoughton has resigned his position as of March 31, 2012.

He was hired in January of 2010 by a 3-2 vote of the Board of Selectmen.

Current Chairman of the Board of Selectman told me today [Wednesday, January 25] that asking that his contract be terminated as of March 31, 2012.

"Frank has done a good job, and we'll discuss this resignation with the Board. It's a personal decision. We'll get through it."

Calls to Crimmins to ask why he resigned, and if he's taking a position elsewhere, have not been returned.

Stagnone praised Crimmins saying, "He put a lot of good things in place and has hired a number of good people in important positions in town hall."

Crimmins was hired after previous Town Manager Mark Stankiewicz left to take the Town Manager's position in Plymouth. Selectman Chairman at the time, Steve Anastos, recruited Crimmins from his position as First Justice of the .

It caused a bit of controversy at the time because Crimmins, due to his job constraints, could not participate in public interviews.

He was hired by a 3-2 vote, with Anastos, John Anderson and Joe Mokrisky voting for him. Mokrisky is not currently on the Board, but is for office.

"It's very unfortunate," Mokrisky said. "There have been some members of the Board of Selectmen micro-managing the Town Manager. They should set policy and let the town manager do his job. Some selectmen see to want to get elected for their own personal agendas, rather than the good of the town. I'm sad to see Frank go."

Anastos tells me that he was quite disappointed. He wrote, "I am very grateful for his service. This is a big loss for Stoughton. Judge Crimmins is a great public servant and a great American."

Anderson said, "I am disappointed. He is a good leader. The department heads were unified under his leadership. I don't know what the impact will be. Frannie righted a tough ship. He had the town's best interest at heart."

Selectman Cynthia Walsh added, "I'm grateful he's giving us two months to find a replacement. I'm sure he'll find something better suited for his talents in the future. I hope that the structure he set up, and the people he hired, will remain in place during the transition period."

Police Chief Paul Shastany contacted at his , said, "I've never worked for a better boss in my life. I've been working since I was 11. I'm sad to see him go. It's a loss that will be felt for years in this town." Shastany had just come in from a ten-man 2.6 mile "trot."

Public Works Superintendent John Batchelder wasn't happy upon hearing the news. 

"He will be sorely missed by all of the department heads in town," Batchelder said. "We all worked well together. He was always very professional and did a lot for the people of this town. He stuck up for the municipal side of government."

Crimmins has been battling with the over the past year.

Dr. Marguerite Rizzi, Superintendent of Schools, only kind words for Crimmins. She told me, "People have to do what's best for themselves, their families, and their careers. It's a personal decision. I wish him all the luck in the world."

Calls to Crimmins have not been returned.

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John Greene January 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Good luck hope you the Best
DJ January 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This story is just too bizarre. An impromptu resignation from a man with an ego that could not possibly go out quietly unless something very sad or bad is lurking. I hope neither is the case, but something doesn't smell right.
Fiscal Conservative January 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
A Municiple CEO is a no win position, especially in this economic environment. I know Frank & the entire Crimmins "clan", a very nice family, who do care about the community. I wish him well in his future endeavors, I'm sure he will achieve success. Thank you for all you've tried to do for the town. You did what you felt was in the best interest of the residents, although many didn't agree with you on many occations. I hope that, in time, people will recognize that. See you at Zach's sometime in the future. I'm not a family member or a close friend(met "Big" Mike @ Lehan Field in mid 50's coaching Little League. Bet many don't remember that!!!)...Just try to look at both sides of issues (wish more would).
Stephen Mack January 31, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Tough to see Frank go!! Thought (still do think) he’s the Right Man, at the Right Time. Known Frank since our boys played Little League many years ago. Found him always to be extremely personable, and refreshingly fair. When we first learned of Frank assuming the role of Town Manager, really thought it was a great choice. As stated in a previous comment it was indeed a no win situation. It was a situation where everyone is looking out for their own interest, and Frank has to stay focused on the BIG PICTURE, and what is best for the town. I think he did this extremely well. I do wish he were staying. I too, am familiar with a small segment of the Crimmins family, and let me unashamedly say the Mack Family loves and appreciate this family very much… Since we have moved here in 99 they have welcomed us totally into the Stoughton community. For this I will always be thankful. When our sons played baseball together (seems like just yesterday) I had the great opportunity to spend hours sitting in the stands during practice (parental summer role) and talking many hours with Frank about many subjects from parental skills, the economy, town politics, and the benefits of a kid throwing a curve ball at the age of nine.
Stephen Mack January 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Stoughton has been in the news lately, and in a very negative light. I thought Mr. Crimmins would be the perfect person to lead us back to a level of respectability. His Demeanor, His Passion for Fairness, His High Skill Level, etc. combined would create the Perfect Storm, to getting us as a town moving in a very Positive Direction. Frank, gonna miss ya…. All the best my friend.

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