Given the challenges and opportunities in Concord at this time, I cannot think of another person who will meet these needs as a Select Board member more than Mark Howell. One only needs to look at Mark’s volunteer participation on the Build Thoreau Committee, six years on the Finance Committee, Chair of the town’s Fiber Broadband Completion Task Force, years as Concord’s first Chief Information Officer and over 30 years at IBM.
He has given years volunteering in our town and importantly worked for the town so he understands the process and complexities involved in its management. I believe it is imperative that at least a few Select-Board members have been on the Finance Committee and Mark checks this box as well as many others. Mark was instrumental along with two other concerned citizens to stop the ill-conceived plan to abolish the town’s Personnel Board a few years ago. That action resulted in a renewed focus by the Personnel Board that will collaborate with and support the valued employees of this town and management.
Whether it is school construction, years on the important Finance Committee, the town’s digital infrastructure, serving as the Chief Information Officer for the town or collaborating with citizens to create a needed task force, Mark Howell is the right choice for the Select Board.