Former Brockton Mayor Chosen as New Barnstable County Administrator

County Commissioners - 1BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Commissioners voted Tuesday to hire former Brockton Mayor John Yunits as the county’s new administrator.

Yunits was one of three finalists for the job.

His employment for the $150,000 a year job will be contingent on a successful contract negotiation with commissioners.

Commissioner Sheila Lyons wanted to meet one more time with Yunits before making the job offer, but Commissioners Mary Pat Flynn and Leo Cakounes voted to move forward.

“I think the county is going to be darn lucky if we get this gentleman,” said Cakounes. “This gentleman went to the point of saying that he motivates by example, that’s a direct quote by him, which I was really impressed with.”

Flynn cited Yunits ten years served as Mayor of Brockton as a major reason for her support, saying she had contacted Brockton officials who had spoken highly of Yunits.

“There is a deep lack of management skill,” Lyons said, citing Yunits’ experience as an elected official, not an administrator. “This is what I think he’s lacking.”

Ultimately, the vote for Yunits was unanimous, despite Lyons’ concerns.

The county has had an interim administrator for nearly 2 years.

The new administrator will arrive at a time when the county is dealing with a looming 2 million dollar deficit. There are also proposals to change the structure of the county government system.

The other two candidates included former Quincy Housing Authority Executive Director Joseph MacRitchie and Alaska Public Offices Commission Executive Director Paul Dauphinais.


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