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Meet the Finalists Forum


Fitzgerald Theater, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway

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The City Council’s Government Operations, Rules and Claims Committee, is inviting the public to a Meet the Finalists forum on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Fitzgerald Theater located in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. This forum is an opportunity for the public to meet the three finalist vying to succeed outgoing City Manager Richard C. Rossi.  The meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s Municipal Cable Channel, 22-CityView.

During this forum, each finalist will present their vision for the City, answer questions, and meet members of the public. This is a great opportunity for the public to hear directly from the finalists selected by the Preliminary Screening Committee.

The three finalists are:

Robert “Jay” Ash Jr. - Mr. Ash is currently the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Previously, he served in a variety of roles in the City of Chelsea, including fourteen years as City Manager. Mr. Ash also served as a legislative aide to Representative Richard Voke.  He is a graduate of Clark University.

Louis A. DePasquale - Mr. DePasquale is the City’s Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs in Cambridge.  Prior to taking on that assignment, he was the City’s Budget Director, and also worked in other capacities in the City’s Budget and Treasury Departments. Mr. DePasquale is a graduate of Boston State College and received his MPA from Northeastern University.

Paul J. Fetherston - Mr. Fetherston is currently the Assistant City Manager in Asheville, NC.  He has previously served as Deputy City Manager in Boulder, CO, and has held a variety municipal management positions in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Trinity College, CT, and received his J.D. from Western New England School of Law.

A Preliminary Screening Committee, comprised of 15 community members reflecting citywide constituencies and four City Council members, interviewed the most qualified applicants recommended three finalists to the City Council.

The public can submit suggested candidate questions to the GovHR USA until to noon on Monday, September 19. Based on the submissions received, GovHR USA, the professional recruiting consultant assisting the City Council with the hiring process, will generate questions based on the themes submitted by the public.  Suggested questions can be emailed to

Following the formal presentation and question part of the program, the finalist will be on hand to answer individual questions from members of the public.

For additional information or questions about the Meet the Finalists forum, please contact Fran Cronin, at 617-349-4276 or For information on the City Manager Search Process, please visit www.CambridgeMA.GOV/CityManagerSearch.
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