George Proakis Appointed Watertown’s Next City Manager

Watertown Cable Access TVCity Manager Finalist George Proakis. The City Council unanimously voted to appoint George Proakis as Watertown’s next City Manager on Tuesday night. He will succeed Michael Driscoll, who retired in January after 29 years in the position. The selection of Proakis was no surprise, with a majority of the Councilors indicated they favored him over the two other finalists after interviewing them on May 12. Proakis will be coming from the City of Somerville, where he has been the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development for the past 3.5 years, and was the director of Planning and Zoning for nearly 9 years.

City Council Tips Hat Toward Who Will be the Next City Manager

City Manager Finalist George Proakis. The decision is not official, but a majority of members of the City Council said that they would choose George Proakis to be the next Watertown City Manager after interviewing the three finalists on Thursday night. The official vote will be made at a future meeting. Proakis, who is Somerville’s Executive Director of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development, has not been the manager of a city or town, but Councilors said they liked his vision. Councilor Caroline Bays said that all three candidates appealed to her, and said if all three were combined they would have a “miracle manager.”

Event Planned to Honor Former City Manager Driscoll’s 45 Years of Service

An event will be held to celebrate former City Manager Michael J. Driscoll’s 45 years of service to the City of Watertown on Saturday May 21, 2022 at the Commander’s Mansion. The event runs from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and the Commander’s Mansion is located at 440 Talcott Ave., Watertown. There will be a cash bar (cash and card will be accepted). Tickets cost $50 and include cocktail style dinner reception. Program

5 p.m. Cocktail hour begins

6 p.m. Food Stations open

7-8 p.m. Remarks

8 p.m. Dessert

9 p.m. Farewell

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