Say goodbye to the city manager on June 17


The city is hosting a reception for longtime City Manager Adam W. Chapdelaine, to celebrate his service to Arlington and wish him well in the future.

The public is cordially invited to attend on Friday, June 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Auditorium of the Hôtel de Ville.

City and state officials will deliver brief statements at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“Over the past decade, Adam has contributed so much to the Arlington community,” Len Diggins, chairman of the board of directors for Arlington Select, said in a city press release. “From the Mass project. Ave. in East Arlington, to building a new state-of-the-art high school, to leading the city through the pandemic, he leaves a lasting legacy that the Arlington community will enjoy for years to come. Please join me on June 17 in wishing him good luck.

Manager since 2012

Chapdelaine has served as City Manager of Arlington since February 2012. Two years prior, he served as Deputy City Manager of Arlington.

“I am grateful to the board for the faith and trust it has placed in me over the years and for the support provided by staff, residents and volunteers working on many important issues,” Chapdelaine said in the press release. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity here in Arlington and proud of what we have accomplished as a team. Arlington is a wonderful community. He will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Among the many capital improvements made, under his tenure, Arlington developed its first Master Plan, which has guided and continues to guide many significant improvements in transportation, affordable housing, historic preservation, arts and culture, and sustainability efforts, including the recently approved network. Plan Zero and Connect Arlington Transportation Plan.

Diversity, fundraising efforts

Organizational changes over the years include the creation of a consolidated finance department to improve efficiency and transparency and a facilities department to better maintain the city’s more than 40 buildings. A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division was also created, aimed at putting the city on a path to eliminating systemic racism in city government.

On the financial side, Chapdelaine provided a detailed description plan and budget for the city manager’s fiscal year each year, and introduces online tools, such as the Arlington Visual Budget, Open the checkbookand the Public Archives Center to provide residents with a convenient way to find the information they are looking for or how to request it.

These are the highlights of Chapdelaine’s tenure at Arlington. Learn more about these additional projects and initiatives from previous annual reports.

March 3, 2022: City manager plans to step down, aims to ‘recharge’

This new announcement was published on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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