• Round Table

  • September 12th: Christopher Ketchen, Lenox Town Administrator

    Dinner: 6:30PM with Dessert Following Presentation

  • Christopher Ketchen was born in Great Barrington, grew up in Alford, and graduated from Mt. Everett in Sheffield.  He attended both the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as an undergraduate.  While at Utah, he was awarded an internship through the Hinckley Institute of Politics with Simon & Company - an intergovernmental relations firm in Washington, DC representing client city governments at the congressional and federal agency level.  He later transferred and graduated with honors from UMass, obtaining a BA in political science with minors in economics and history.  He also completed his graduate work at UMass at what is now the School of Public Policy (SPP) where he obtained a master's degree (Public Administration) in 2000.  Prior to returning to the Berkshires in 2014 to become Lenox's 4th Town Manager, he spent 14 years working for state and local governments in both Maryland and Massachusetts primarily focusing on fiscal policy, state financial regulations, and municipal financial management.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Municipal Association and serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Commonwealth's Local Government Advisory Commission (LGAC) led by the Lt. Governor.  During his 3 year tenure in Lenox, the Town's bond rating was upgraded to AAA by Standard and Poor's while the Town pursues an aggressive capital improvement program.  He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Lenox Library Association.  Beginning in July, he became the Chief Administrative Officer for the towns of Lee and Lenox. While there are many examples of individuals who have held two or more positions in multiple towns simultaneously, his is the first case in Massachusetts in which two towns have agreed to share a joint appointment for a town manager/administrator position.  He lives in Lenox with his wife and two young sons.  The Ketchens are expecting their third child, a daughter, in October.

    Mr. Ketchen will  discuss the lead up and experience to date managing two towns, Lenox and Lee.  He will cover the Selectmen's recent approval of the FY2018 priority projects,- particularly those that may have lasting impact on the Town for years to come.

    Please RSVP by Monday, September 11th at 3:00pm

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