Winthrop's Facilities Manager Gerald Boyle has been named Belmont's new joint Facilities Manager.
The announcement, made at the Belmont Board of Selectmen's morning meeting on Monday, Sept. 9. Boyle's first day of his three-year contract on Sept. 16. The position opening was posted in June.
Boyle will head the town's first joint facilities managers position in which he will be responsible for all town buildings including structures under the edict of the School Department.
For decades, the town and the school department had separate managers which was a bone of contention for many residents for more than 20 years. A non-binding citizen's article submitted by Matt Sullivan to consolidate the buildings and grounds into one department covering both the town and schools was approved at a Special Town Meeting in Nov. 2010.
The new facilities manager was authorized at the annual Town Meeting in 2011. At Belmont's 2012 Town Meeting, representatives approved $150,000 to the new facilities manager in one-time monies to get the new department up and running.
Boyle has immediate experience with combining roles in his current position. In Nov. 2011, Boyle was named to Winthrop's newly-created facilities manager position that consolidated town departments and operations.
Boyle's annual salary is approximately $97,000, according to Kale.
Boyle has nearly 30 years of experience in municipal facilities management in Somerville and Cambridge where he worked closely with Kale.
In Winthrop, Boyle developed a five-year Capital Improvement Plan and implement energy savings plans for buildings in the town and a “comprehensive preventative maintenance” program to forestall paying for major repairs to its infrastructure.