Ells Looks Back on First Month as Barnstable Town Manager

Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells, who was the former assistant town manager, started the new position last month.

Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells, who was the former assistant town manager, started the new position last month.

BARNSTABLE – It’s been over a month since Mark Ells became Barnstable’s Town Manager, taking over for Tom Lynch.

Ells took over the position on July 1, after beating out three other finalists.

He’s worked for the town for 27 years including as assistant town manager and as director of public works. Ells sent a letter to the community in June, promising to manage the town in an open and honest manner.

“Our budget process and our infrastructure program is something that we need to look at closely to make sure that we’re putting in place the roads and water and sewer and maintaining facilities,” said Ells.

Ells said some of the highlights of his tenure as Town Manager so far have been modifications to parking rules to increase turnover in local lots and his work on the fiscal year 2018 budget.

“It’s been a safe summer relatively, especially with all the visitors and all the activities, so the first month has gone very well for me,” said Ells.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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