Northampton Mayor Narkewicz taps city native for chief of staff


For the Gazette
Published: 11/1/2019 5:05:33 PM
Modified: 11/1/2019 5:05:18 PM

NORTHAMPTON — City native Alan Wolf, a University of Massachusetts Amherst political science graduate with an MBA from College of William & Mary in Virginia, has been chosen by Mayor David Narkewicz as his new chief of staff. Wolf will replace Lyn Simmons, who is moving up to be town manager of Longmeadow. 

Wolf’s ties to city as well as his leadership qualities and previous municipal experience made him stand out from the three dozen applicants, Narkewicz said.

“Alan has deep roots in this community, having grown up and gone to high school here,” Narkewicz said. “He’s been involved in a number of community organizations and has experience in municipal government and also has a unique set of training and skills.”

 Wolf notably worked for a year Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle in Easthampton as a grant-funded senior aide and for Lake Research Partners in Washington, D.C., in political polling. Wolf has also worked with the Downtown Northampton Association and in marketing and development roles for businesses and nonprofits. He also has taught management courses at Bay Path University since 2017.

As chief of staff, Wolf will manage the mayor’s office and “provide high-level administrative support to Mayor Narkewicz on all aspects of city operations,” according to a news release. He’ll also serve as a principal liaison to city departments, the City Council and news media on various levels. 

Wolf will make $81,109 annually.

“I’m looking forward to Alan joining our team here at City Hall and working with him and my staff here in the mayor’s office on behalf of the residents of Northampton,” the mayor said.

Wolf will start in his new role Nov. 12.

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