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Board of Public Works Candidate Tom Abdella

My name is Tom Abdella, and I am running for a seat on the Board of Public Works. I was previously a member of the BPW for a one year and three year term (2010-2014).

In 2003, my wife Beth and son Jay moved to Wayland. Our family has enjoyed being a part of this community and I hope to make a contribution back to the town through my participation on the Board of Public Works.

My professional responsibilities include ensuring that my firm provides high quality engineering and construction management services worldwide, safely, on-time, and at or under budget. Other past professional experience includes working at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection managing compliance and enforcement actions; and in higher education performing institutional and budget / financial planning. My experiences have imparted to me the skills and knowledge needed to act in the role of a board member.

The members of the Board of Public Works have many responsibilities as Water, Road, and Cemetery Commissioners; Tree Wardens, etc. One important role is to provide policy guidance to the Director of the Department of Public Works. My goals as a Board of Public Works member would include:

  • To ensure the service expectations and concerns of our customers – the citizens, businesses, and other boards, committees, and departments of the town – are understood and addressed to the greatest extent practicable;
  • To help establish policies that are consistent with good technical and economic practice, are clearly written, and are equitably applied;
  • Collaborating with the Director of DPW to:
    • develop annual and long-term priorities for the department;
    • encourage “out of the box” thinking with regard to improving service delivery;
    • encourage an operational culture of safety, quality, and high performance;
    • keep up a multi-year operations & capital budget forecast that guides the DPW in successfully maintaining our infrastructure – highway, transfer station, parks & cemetery, and especially our water supply, treatment and distribution system.

Public Works is the sole department in Wayland that directly touches your life each day through providing clean water and safe roadways. It is critical to plan for the future, and to ensure town funds are spent wisely to maintain our infrastructure.

Please do not hesitate to email me at with any questions or comments you may have. Thank you for your consideration and please make sure to VOTE on March 28, 2017.

Town Service:

  • Wayland Real Asset Planning Committee, August 2015 – June 2017;
  • Finance Committee, August 2014 – March 2016;
  • Permanent Municipal Building Committee, July 2011 – August 2014;
  • Board of Public Works, May 2010 – April 2014;
  • Wayland & Sudbury Septage Committee, March 2008 – June 2010

Professional Career:

  • Vice President – Global Services Unit, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S.)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Master of Regional Planning)