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Christine McCarthy has worked for the Town of Westwood for the past eight years as the Executive Assistant in the Selectmen’s Office. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the executive office as well as the coordination and implementation of various projects, events and workshops for the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator. She assists with preparation for Board meetings and resolves issues with the public. In addition, she serves as a liaison to Department Heads, coordinates department publications and manages communications with Local, State and Federal officials. Under the direction of the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen, Christine also handles public relations, social networking and press communications.


Christine is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Organization of Administrative Assistants, and has attended several leadership development workshops and seminars. Born and raised in Westwood, Christine has a keen insight to all of what Westwood has to offer. She currently lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children, Keira, four years old, and Mason, eight months old.

The Open Meeting Law Experience in Westwood, Massachusetts: How We Improved Transparency and Streamlined the Entire Meeting Process

The Open Meeting Law Experience in Westwood, Massachusetts: How We Improved Transparency and Streamlined the Entire Meeting Process
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First, let me say that I am not an Open Meeting Law expert, nor is my interpretation of the law fact. This is an opinion piece on how here in Westwood, Massachusetts, we have used the Open Meeting Law to keep our residents informed and remain as transparent as possible with the way our community leaders make decisions. I have worked for the Town of Westwood as the Executive Assistant for the last eight years with the primary responsibility of supporting the Town Administrator in preparing packets for the biweekly Board of Selectmen meetings, including organization of the reports, attachments and proposed actions and maintaining all the records in the office. Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (OML), M.G.L. Chapter 30A, §§18-25 was created to require communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be transparent in their governance. Westwood takes OML very seriously and we follow the law to the best of...
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