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Board of Public Works Candidate Clifford Lewis

Educational Background

  • B. S., Honors, Chemical Engineering Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  • MBA Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Chartered Financial Analyst

Experience on Town Boards

  • Chair OPEB Committee. Service on committees and boards begs the question of what was really accomplished during that service. Time served is time served. But results really do count. The OPEB Committee served without staff and without budget. It put forward a plan endorsed by the vast majority of the Town citizens as well as the Town employees to fund a Town obligation that is larger than the cost of a new High School. The OPEB funding plan came in at a price about half of that originally budgeted. I was very proud to have served on that committee with four other outstanding individuals, all of whom put in a great effort. It was my privilege to have chaired that Committee.
  • School Business Manager Selection Committee. This group put forth a very qualified list of candidates for the job, of which Susan Bottan was selected.
  • School Superintendent Selection Committee. As with the previous selection group for the School Business Manager, the Superintendent Selection Committee put forth a qualified group of three candidates from which Arthur Unobskey was selected.

Website  www.electcliffordlewis.com

Candidate Statement:

I’m not starting this statement with my name because the operative words in the headline are the words “Wayland” and “Public”. The Wayland Board of Pubic Works oversees the operations of the Town’s Department of Public Works or DPW, which is responsible for the public’s roads, water supply, parks, transfer station and the Town’s cemeteries and roadside trees. These are your roads, your parks and your water supply – the infrastructure of the Town of Wayland – and without which, the schools, the library, the Town Hall, the garden clubs, the book clubs, the bridge clubs, the PTO, to name a few, would halt abruptly. The DPW has a broad and vital set of responsibilities.

For many, many years, we have been blessed with capable employees in the DPW, like Stubby Kadlik, along with capable members of its Board, like Woody Baston. They have run these functions efficiently and effectively. And yet, it is clear that further effectiveness with further efficiency is achievable.

To move forward, the Board of Public Works, like the DPW itself, must be efficient, effective and focused on serving the entire population of Wayland. The Board must have a very broad background and base of expertise, and must coalesce the disparate (or sometimes desperate) needs of our citizens into implementable actions. It then must forge plans that capitalize on our citizen’s capabilities. I hope to convince you that I would be a good fit.

Background

My own background experience is quite broad. I grew up in the Midwest. My undergraduate degree is in engineering. My first job was a plant engineer. I designed and built roads, railroads and buildings. I then attended the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, graduating to become the chief economist for a Fortune 500 Company.
In 1979, my wife and I moved to Wayland. We have been here a long time — long enough to know the Town of Wayland, and that long-term knowledge is critical to a functioning Board of Public Works.

A few years after moving here, I started a company that designed and manufactured precision electronic measuring devices. The company grew from nothing to a payroll of 50 people. It paid taxes, made a profit and is still in business today!

I always have enjoyed investing, so after selling the company, I took up investing professionally by passing the three exams to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. Trust me, the certification process is a grueling road involving the mastery of copious volumes of financial analytics.

Town Service

For the Town, I served on the search committees for the School Business Administrator, Susan Bottan and the Superintendent of Schools, Arthur Unobskey – two important positions for the Schools. I also served as the Chairman of the OPEB Committee. The OPEB Committee was created to plan the funding of a $70 million Town obligation, principally for post retirement employee medical benefits. The Committee ran without a staff and without a budget. However, if there ever was a committee that was able to put together a clear path forward from a disparate set of starting conditions and viewpoints, this was it. The work of the members of that group stands out as an example of how to get a result that is agreeable to the vast majority of the Town’s residents and employees, while, at the same time, funding a considerable obligation. The really nice part of the OPEB funding plan was the substantial reduction in the annual dollar outlay while still meeting the full obligation.

There will be similar opportunities on the Board of Public Works to bring together conflicting views of progress and do it for less money.

Vote on Tuesday, March 27th

I am asking for your vote on March 27th. I hope you will see that with my broad background – technical, financial and business; my long-term residence in Wayland; and some history of successes on Town committees that I can serve you well on your Board of Public Works.