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Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien's self-evaluation for fiscal 2013.

Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien's self-evaluation for fiscal 2013.

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Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien's self-evaluation for fiscal 2013.
Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien's self-evaluation for fiscal 2013.

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Michael V. O'Brien
City Manager  
 June 7, 2013 
CITY OF WORCESTER
 TO THE WORCESTER CITY COUNCILCOUNCILORS:I respectfully submit the Fiscal Year 2013 accomplishment highlights achieved by meand my Administration on behalf of this City Council and our community for my AnnualEvaluation with Your Honorable Body scheduled for June 18, 2013.We should take a moment to celebrate what has truly been the result of a focused andtargeted agenda over the past nine years during this process this year. Through hardwork and fiscal discipline, we have reached significant milestones across all areas of City Government in spite of fewer resources. The attached document fully details thecomprehensive list of significant accomplishments. It is an impressive and remarkablelist of achievements that is only possible through our collective work and collaboration tomeet our community’s needs and top priorities.Despite a challenging economy, in Fiscal Year 2013, the City completed severalimportant economic initiatives, public safety enhancements, neighborhood revitalizationprojects, and infrastructure improvements, underscoring our ability to spend wisely andplan for the future to ensure the long-term success of our great City. Through prudentfinancial management and adhering to our Five Point Financial Plan, we were able tobuild our reserve funds and stabilize key services. These measures have distinguishedWorcester as a solid investment resulting in a significant upgrade to our municipal bondratings. These rating improvements also affirm our continued diligence to make the rightdecisions for the overall stability and future of our community.
OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER, CITY HALL, WORCESTER, MA 01608TELEPHONE (508) 799-1175 | FAX (508) 799-1208EMAIL: citymanager@worcesterma.gov
 
Over the past year, we saw our Downtown transformed with enhancing roadwayconnections through CitySquare, completing a new transportation hub in WashingtonSquare, and expanding rail service at Union Station and the CSX terminal. Wecelebrated the announcement of JetBlue service to the Worcester Regional Airport, theopening of the Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink, and the launch of anambitious Community Health Improvement Plan. Simultaneously, we were able toprioritize and stabilize core municipal services. We increased public safety throughproven initiatives, new Police and Fire recruit classes, and the addition of neighborhoodpatrol foot beats.Since July 1, 2012, the City resurfaced more streets and sidewalks than any time in itshistory. A total of 115 streets representing 21 miles were resurfaced and over 16 milesof sidewalk was reconstructed. We have implemented over $10M in Public Parkimprovements including the ground-breaking of a $3M renovation of historic Elm Park. Through on-going capital improvement projects, we are dramatically improving thelearning environments for students and teachers within the Worcester Public Schools,reducing energy use, and generating cost savings. At our Public Library, we expandedhours of operation, introduced new technologies, and renovated facilities to improvecustomer service.My overarching goals in the upcoming fiscal year will include the on-going focus topreserve and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and to serve Worcesterresidents, businesses, and visitors in the most efficient and cost effective ways possible- while building a comprehensive approach that enhances the City’s economic stabilityand cultural vitality. I will work to strengthen core municipal services including ourcommitment to enhance our public schools and expand programs in our public libraries,fulfill our collective promise for new public safety recruit classes, and to take the nextsteps in our public health initiatives. The difficult work will also continue to find new andinnovative means to address escalating fixed costs. My Administration will also advanceour economic development plan to take advantage of current and future opportunitiesfor improvement and growth. These efforts will include, but are not limited to: working
 
with business groups and others to market our City to firms and companies to establishand relocate jobs here; establishing more creative cultural venues in the Downtown; andcontinuing to build partnerships and creative programs to revive neighborhoods. Theseare just a few of the many goals that I look forward to accomplishing with myAdministration, this City Council, and our strong local business, education, and agencypartners. The work done to navigate past challenges and achieve continued success could nothave been accomplished without the dedication of my Cabinet - Assistant City ManagerKathleen Johnson, Department of Public Works and Parks Commissioner Robert Moylan,City Solicitor David Moore, Police Chief Garry Gemme, Fire Chief Gerard Dio, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Zidelis, Chief Development Officer Timothy McGourthy,Division of Inspectional Services Commissioner John Kelly, Director of EmergencyManagement David Clemons, as well as Commissioner of Public Health Michael Hirsh,Director of Public Health Derek Brindisi, and Head Librarian Wei Jeng-Chu. I wouldalso be remiss if I did not thank my Department and Division Heads - and each andevery City employee for their commitment to public service and a job well done.Our collective progress is also a product of our work with all of our elected officials - theWorcester City Council, the Patrick-Murray Administration, our State House Delegation,our Congressman James P. McGovern, and our Senators. I must also highlight myappreciation of the work of my fellow City Council colleagues, James DelSignore, CityAuditor, and David Rushford, City Clerk, as well as their employees.I am also grateful for the hard work, dedication and commitment of each and everyWorcester Public School employee, from teachers to administrators and fromcustodians to cafeteria staff, as led by Superintendent Melinda Boone, the WPSAdministration and the Worcester School Committee. I’d also like to thank the membersof our Boards and Commissions who volunteer their time to improve the City.

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