Wayland is well-served by a team of professionals committed to continuing education and professional development. Most department directors actively participate in professional associations of their peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth, and indeed, across the nation. Participation in such groups brings new ideas, best practices, and innovative programming to Wayland. And it often gives Wayland citizens a greater voice at the Statehouse and in the development of regulations.
Police Chief Robert Irving, Lt. Patrick Swanick, and Sgt. Tom Galvin are all graduates of the FBI National Academy, the premier law enforcement management training program. Chief Irving is an active member of the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association and serves on the chief's advisory board of the Domestic Violence Services Network. Library Director Ann Knight is a previous officer of the Minuteman Library Network and an active member of the Massachusetts, New England and American Library Associations. Recently promoted to the position of Director of Health, Julia Junghanns represents region 4A on the executive board of the Massachusetts Health Officer's Association.
Director Assessing Ellen Brideau serves on the executive board of the Middlesex County Association of Assessors. Fire Chief Robert Loomer is active in the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs Association and the central Middlesex County chiefs. Public Buildings Director John Moynihan earned designation as a certified Massachusetts purchasing and procurement official. Town Clerk Lois Toombs is a member of the executive board of the Massachusetts Town Clerk's Association.
Nancy McShea, currently Director of Recreation for both Wayland and Sudbury under a unique shared services arrangement, is serving as president of the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association through March 2012. Treasurer/Collector Paul Keating is vice-president for education for the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association and will assume the position of president in June 2012. John Senchyshyn, Asst. Town Administrator/HR Director, serves on both the Executive Board and the Steering Committee for the West Suburban Health Group. He is also a member of the Fallon Community Health Plan Municipal Advisory Group.
Town Administrator Fred Turkington, who first earned designation as a credentialed municipal government manager from the International City/County Management Association in 2004, currently serves as second vice-president of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association. He is expected to serve as MMMA president in 2013. Boston/New England Region is the host of the 99th ICMA Annual Conference from September 23-26, 2013. He also serves on the executive board of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and as a member of the Local Government Advisory Commission.
Wayland's local government officials actively engage with professional colleagues to benefit our citizens. Congratulations and thanks to town staff who have assumed leadership roles in these professional organizations.