Pepperell Town Administrator Mark Andrews
Pepperell Town Administrator Mark Andrews

PEPPERELL - Town Administrator Mark Andrews announced plans to retire from public service Monday.

When appointed to the position in 2014, his immediate goal was to strengthen the town's finances. Since taking office, Andrews has written three balanced budgets and increased Pepperell's reserves, he said.

"I've done everything the town has asked me to do," he said.

After speaking with his family and considering his future, Andrews submitted his decision to the Board of Selectmen at Monday night meeting.

He later said that he has not resigned his position and that he will help out with transition when he does leave.

The Middlesex Retirement System will give Andrews a retirement date. It could be in mid-July, he said.

During his tenure, Andrews said he is proud of brining in state grants for energy efficient projects, collecting more back taxes in town, and adding in a full-time Town Planner and Building Inspector.

"It took a lot of muscle and time to get done and to put the town in a good position," he said.

Andrews looks forward to teaching, writing, and consulting work.

Altogether, he has about 30 years of public service experience.

Before coming to Pepperell, Andrews served as Town Administrator of Wenham for two years. Andrews also also worked for the cities of Lawrence and Haverhill, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and North Essex Community College.

He interviewed as a finalist for a newly-created Town Administrator position in West Newbury in January.


The town is closer to his residence in Haverhill.

For his first year as Pepperell Town Administrator, Andrews signed a contract with a salary of $103,500.

The Board of Selectmen had voted in February to raise his base salary to $126,000 for Fiscal Year 2019.

His decision comes a week after the annual town election and days before Town Meeting, which opens Monday, May 7.