New Town Administrator Sworn In

The Select Board held a special meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2020 to complete the hiring of Holliston’s new Town Administrator – Travis Ahern.

All relevant parties sign Mr. Ahern’s employment contract.

Following the signing of this employment contract, Mr. Ahern was sworn in to office by Town Clerk, Elizabeth Greendale.

Swearing in – virtual style. (The photo on right is courtesy of HCAT.)

While Mr. Ahern’s official start date is July 20, 2020 (also Town Meeting date), he shared some of his plans for the next few weeks and for the years to come. 

Mr. Ahern shares some plans with the Board and the public.

He comes to Holliston from a role at the Metro-west Regional Water Authority and previous stints in Danvers and Weston.  His wife and he, along with two boys and a black lab, live in Wayland.

He was drawn to Holliston because of the exciting things that are going to be happening in the next several years.  Many critical decisions face the Town.  He plans a collaborative relationship among the Town’s departments.  To that end he will begin by reaching out to department heads in the next few weeks.

He has two goals for his tenure:

  1. To ensure accountability of the Town departments to the citizens.  Citizen are encouraged to contact Mr. Ahern (after July 20th) with concerns and comments.
  2. To improve communication among the Administrator and departments, and the public.  The frequency and content of the messaging will be as circumstances warrant.

The members of the Board individually welcomed Mr. Ahern and expressed their excitement about working with Ahern.  They thanked the screening committee for the many hours of time dedicated to selecting  Mr. Ahern. 

Chair John Cronin wrapped up the session with a view of our Town.  It is a time of transition with a new Administrator and an Interim School Superintendent.  Cronin is excited by overcoming the challenges we face in this time of uncertainty.  Lastly, Mr. Cronin pledged the Board’s full support to Administrator Ahern.

The public on the Zoom meeting was invited to comment.  There were no takers from the audience.

The meeting adjourned at 7:12 pm.  An important twelve minutes for our town!

Chris Cain


  1. Jackie Dellicker on July 7, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Wishing Mr. Ahern the very best as the new Town Administrator!

  2. Daniel Alfred on July 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats and Welcome Travis!

  3. Chris Adams on July 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Congratulations. I hope you can help on a slight
    problem. I am elderly. I am in a wheelchair. I live
    alone. There is not a single mail box in town that I
    can get to for sending out mail. Until recently I could
    drive to the Holliston post office and drive up to two
    of the post boxes because they had the arms on them.
    Just recently those boxes where removed. So I can
    not mail my items. At this point I will call the clerk
    in the office to see if someone can come out to collect
    my mail. Any suggestions on how I can get my mail
    out? Also I can not get to my own mail box as it is
    on a very busy street and I fear I could get hit by a passing truck or car as they speed down my street.
    If your new post is not the correct office for my query
    then perhaps you could advise me.
    Thank you.

    • Linda Marshall, Director on July 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

      Chris, please reach out to the Senior Center at 508-429-0622. Our Outreach Coordinator will be happy to speak with you to see if we can help with a solution.

  4. Brian Grace on July 12, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Welcome and congratulations Mr Ahern as our new Town Administrator. Look forward to your leadership and preparing Holliston for a bright future.

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