Photos in the gallery by Mark Snyder and Jeffrey Pickette.
Michael Hartman, Stoughton's new Town Manager, was officially sworn in by Town Clerk Cheryl Mooney Dec. 21, but was sworn in again ceremonially before a public audience Tuesday night, Jan. 8 in the Great Hall of Stoughton's Town Hall at the start of the board of selectmen's Meeting.
Mooney once again presided over the swearing-in.
Hartman, a Canton resident, emerged as the selectmen's finalist after a lengthy search for a permanent town manager. He started as Stoughton's Town Manager Dec. 17.
He was previously town manager in Jaffrey, NH (2007-2012). Prior to his job in Jaffrey, Hartman worked in municipal government in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Iowa and Illinois, including serving as town administrator in the Massachusetts towns of Wareham and Medway and as town manager in Warren, RI.
The town welcomed Hartman at a public meet and greet hosted by the selectmen on Dec. 20. He succeeds interim town manager Joseph Feaster, who had served as town manager since April 1, 2012, following former town manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr.
Feaster's last day was Dec. 28, 2012. The week-and-a-half overlap between the start of Hartman's contract and the end date for Feaster's provided a transitional period.
Click on the following links to learn more about Stoughton's new Town Manager:
- ABOUT TOWN: Feaster Hands Keys to Stoughton's New Town Manager
- Stoughton Selectmen Approve Contract for New Town Manager
- Selectmen Back Michael Hartman as Stoughton's Next Town Manager