New Town Manager settles in

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 5:30pm

Town Manager Maryanne Crawford started work on Monday, Aug. 24. The Block Island Times caught up with her briefly about a week later. Interview conducted and edited by Lars Trodson.

Q: Well, you’ve jumped right in with a lot of things going on, but first, what are your first impressions?

A: Through the whole interview process, the interview team, the search team, they were excellent. Great questions, great follow-up questions. The chair [of the Search Committee Margie Comings] has already reached out to me. 

[During the interview process] the First Warden gave me a tour and I met the town employees. They’re very dedicated, committed, excellent, bright and they are all invested in this island. That was glaring. I told the councilors that in my interview. To have them as invested as they are is just great.

Q: What made you apply for the job?

A: I was Town Administrator in Jamestown for six years and lived in Jamestown for a number of years. I really enjoyed my time as a town administrator. That is also an island community. My husband and I and our kids vacationed here for a number of years, so it was almost like the stars were aligned.

Q: You also worked in school systems?

A: I worked in East Greenwich and South Kingstown, yes. I’m a CPA by trade and have a Master’s in Public Administration.

Q: What would you like to say to the people of Block Island?

A: I’m looking forward to working with all of the boards and commissions and the people at large. This a great community and we’ll work together to get a lot accomplished.