Northampton mayor’s chief of staff leaving to become Longmeadow town manager  

  • Lyn Simmons, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz’s chief of staff, has taken a new job as Longmeadow’s town manager. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS 

Staff Writer
Published: 10/9/2019 4:35:11 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Lyn Simmons, the mayor’s chief of staff since 2014, will be leaving the city’s government later this fall to be the town manager of Longmeadow.

“This was just a tremendous professional opportunity, but it’s sad to be leaving here,” she said.

Born and raised in Northampton, Simmons, 37, started working in Northampton government in 2004 as the clerk to the City Council and License Commission. Later, she became an assistant city clerk and a mayoral aide. Simmons was offered the position of Southampton town administrator in 2013, but she turned it down. In 2014, she became the mayor’s chief of staff, a position Narkewicz created that year as part of a greater reorganization of the mayor’s office.

“Lyn is extremely talented, extremely competent, extremely level-headed, and she has a really strong base of knowledge about municipal government, particularly Northampton,” Narkewicz said.

Simmons, he continued, “cares deeply about the city, which I think also made her such an effective leader and city staffer … We will miss her, but we will be rooting for her and watching all the great things she’ll accomplish with the residents of Longmeadow.”

The Longmeadow Select Board voted unanimously to offer Simmons the town manager position and finished contract negotiations on Monday, according to Marie Angelides, chairwoman of the board. Simmons’ gross salary in Northampton was $78,536 in the last fiscal year, according to the city’s payroll. In the budget for the current fiscal year, which went into effect July 1, her salary was $86,292, according to Narkewicz. As town manager in Longmeadow, she will earn $139,000 annually, according to Angelides. Her three-year contract starts Nov. 10.

Reflecting on her time as chief of staff, Simmons said projects she worked on such as making it possible to pay for parking with a smartphone application and creating the pay-by-plate parking system stood out to her. She was also involved in redesigning the city website several years ago, said Narkewicz, as well as helping to make sure the city operations run efficiently.

“The job is so varied, that’s one thing I like about it,” Simmons said of her position in the mayor’s office. “You deal with a little bit about a lot of things … Never boring.”

As for the future of the soon-to-be-open position in Northampton, Narkewicz said he will be looking for a new staffer. “I do plan to fill the position,” he said, “but I may take a look at how it’s   structured.”

Greta Jochem can be rea ched at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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