Selectmen Choose Sarah Stanton to be Town Manager

The Selectmen during Monday’s deliberations to select a new Town Manager – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image


By Meredith McCulloch


Sarah Stanton will be offered the position of Town Manager following a final and unanimous vote by the Selectmen on July 2.  Her broad experience in municipal government and finance, including her current role as Budget Director for the City of Cambridge, were cited as important factors in the choice.

Stanton will be asked to sign a conditional offer after which, the consultants for the process, Municipal Resources, Inc., will conduct an extensive background check.  That will take at least two weeks. Two selectmen will work with the consultants to negotiate terms of a contract.

Monday’s session began with one-hour interviews with each of the four finalists to replace Town Manager Richard Reed who plans to retire later this summer after a 30-year career in Bedford.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Municipal Resources, Inc. for their candidate profiles.


Lisa Hemmerle

Lisa Hemmerle – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Ms. Hemmerle is the current Director of Community Development in Cambridge and has occupied this position since 2013.

Prior to her engagement in Cambridge, she worked in positions within the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) from 2008-2013.

Ms. Hemmerle was the founder and president of the NH Spinal Cord Injury Association from 2000-2007. She also worked for a period of time at KMPG LLC. as a staff accountant.

Ms. Hemmerle received her Master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has an undergraduate degree from Northeastern and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Andrew Scribner Maclean

Andrew Scribner MacLean – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Mr. Scribner Maclean has been the Assistant Town Manager in Maynard, Mass. since 2013. He is currently the acting Town Manager in the community.

Mr. Scribner Maclean previously served as the Reading Police Dept. business manager from 2006-2013.

Mr. Scribner Maclean also has over a decade of administrative work in the University of Massachusetts system.

Mr. Scribner Maclean has both a Masters and undergraduate degree(s) from the University of Lowell.

He is an ICMA credentialed manager (pending in 2018) and a participant in the MMMA.

Sarah Stanton

Sarah Stanton – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Ms. Stanton is the current Budget Director for the City of Cambridge. She has been in this position since 2017.

Prior to assuming the responsibilities of this position she was the Chief Financial Officer and City Auditor for the City of Salem, Massachusetts serving in this role from 2013-2017.

During the period of 2009-2013, Ms. Stanton was the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Woburn.

She began her career working in Haverhill as an assistant to the Mayor before working as the Assistant Town Manager in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Ms. Stanton has a Master’s degree from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State in New Hampshire.

She is a certified Chief Procurement Officer in Massachusetts.

Click this link to watch Sarah Stanton’s interview with the Bedford Selectmen.


Stephen Crane

Steven Crane – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Mr. Crane has served as the Town Manager in Longmeadow Massachusetts since 2013.

Prior to his current position, he was the City Administrator in Lancaster, Wisconsin for the period of 2009-2013.

He has also served in various Economic Development positions in both the cities of Worcester and Lowell Massachusetts.

In his earlier career, Mr. Crane did legislative work in Washington D.C.

Mr. Crane has a Master’s in Public Administration from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.

He is an ICMA member as well as an MMMA participant.

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