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Manzi Names Transition Team
published 12/06/05

Methuen Mayor Elect Looks to Group to guide Administration into the Future   Methuen Mayor Elect Bill Manzi last week announced the members of his mayoral transition team. The team, chaired by former Mayor Dennis DiZoglio, consists of a wide array of people, each bringing experience in government, the private sector, and community involvement.

The team will be charged with interviewing department heads, formulating a plan to ease the transition into a new administration and convey an overall methodology to the Mayor in an effort to streamline processes and make government work better for the people of Methuen.

In a recent letter to the department heads from the mayor regarding the transition Manzi said, “As I campaigned this past year for Mayor of the City of Methuen, my message was consistent - government can and must work together for everyone. Now that I have the privilege and honor to serve as the Mayor, my administration shall honor that pledge and make it an overriding principle throughout my administration.”

The team will begin meeting with the department heads shortly and will formulate their findings in a report to the Mayor sometime in early January. Manzi added, “We are faced with the daunting task of transitioning from the previous administration to a new one but we can view the situation as more than a challenge. It can be an opportunity to open up the way government operates and make noticeable, marked improvements to the delivery of services to the citizens of Methuen. The lines of communication opened by this process will only make our ability to work together stronger and more effective.”

Joining former Mayor Dizoglio on the team are, Bill Buckley, Corrine Lacharite, former Senator Jim Jajuga, Mary Ellen DiMarco, and Linda Soucy. Congressmen Marty Meehan, Senator Steven Baddour and Representative Arthur Broadhurst are also represented on the committee as ex-officio members.

Manzi Transition Team

Dennis A. DiZoglio is the MBTA Deputy General Manager.  He started working for the MBTA as Director of Planning in January 2000 and was appointed Assistant General Manager for Planning and Real Estate in March 2002.  From December 2002 to September 2005 Dennis served as Chair of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization representing the Secretary of Transportation.  His responsibilities at the MBTA were expanded in January of 2005 to include Environmental Affairs.  In October of 2005 Dennis was appointed Deputy General Manager.
Prior to working for the MBTA, he served as the Mayor of Methuen for six (6) years, where he was the first Mayor of Methuen in 70 years. 

He served three (3) terms before leaving due to term limits.  Before being elected to Mayor of Methuen, Dennis was the Planning Director for the City of Peabody and prior to that for the City of Taunton.  He holds a Master’s Degree from Suffolk University and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Merrimack College.

Linda Soucy has over 10 years of dedicated public service to the citizens of Methuen. She has held various positions in the city of Methuen, advocating for citizens of all age groups with issues related to the welfare of residents. In her present capacity as Safe Haven Coordinator, students are able to receive assistance with class assignments at the After School Homework Center. Ms. Soucy not only provides tutorial support, but offers a positive approach to problem solving the many challenges youth face in today’s society.

She has received numerous community awards for her untiring and determined efforts to improve the quality of life to the citizens of Methuen. Among those many recognitions, Ms. Soucy was named “Woman of the Year” by the Eagle Tribune and “Crime Fighter of the Year” by former Governor William Weld and the Methuen Exchange Club.  She is an active member of many community boards and advisory committees that address the needs of Methuen residents.

William J. Buckley is currently employed by Boston North Properties, LLC and oversees a variety of local real estate development and management projects.  Prior to joining Boston North in 2002, Bill spent 11 years working in municipal government.  From 1991 to 1999 Bill worked for the City of Lynn and led the transition team for Mayor-elect Patrick McManus in 1992. 

He served as the mayor’s Chief of Staff in Lynn and worked in the city’s economic development and public works departments.  In 1999 he became the Director of Economic & Community Development in the City of Methuen and guided the city through three plus years of rapid commercial and residential growth.  Bill oversaw the successful completion of The Loop and helped to attract several economic development projects to the city.  Bill received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Wesleyan University in 1990 and resides in Methuen with his wife Kelly (Halloran) and daughter Kiley.

Corinne LaCharite is responsible for addressing the needs of over 8,000 elders presently residing in Methuen as Department Head and Executive Director of Methuen Elder Affairs, Ms. LaCharite works with the Methuen Council on Aging, a seven member city commission. She has been the Executive Director of the Methuen Senior Activity Center since 1989 where over 400 seniors participate daily in a wide variety of programs, services and activities. For the past ten (10) years, she has held the position of President of the Board of Directors for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., and is a member of several boards and advisory committees addressing the concerns of over 90,000 elders in the Merrimack Valley. As Department Head of Elder Affairs, this comprehensive position requires advocating to legislators concerning elder issues affecting the quality of life and working with area agencies to encourage and support elders living in their homes.

Jim Jajuga brings with him almost 40 years of public service. Beginning with a tour in the military, U.S. Marines, followed by 21 years in the Massachusetts State Police, then 10 years as a Massachusetts State Senator and recently as the Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts, Sen. Jajuga has seen it all in the field of public safety.

The transition team will rely on not only his vast knowledge and experience in the public safety realm, but also his wealth of talents as a government official and elected representative of the people of Methuen.  

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