Burlington, Reading lose top leaders to retirement
Two communities are facing transitions because of the departures of longtime leaders. Robert E. Mercier retired as Burlington’s town administrator effective June 15, while Reading Town Manager Peter I. Hechenbleikner announced he is retiring next June 1. Mercier had been Burlington's town administrator since 1999, after having held the post previously from 1980-1986. Hechenbleikner has been Reading’s only town manager, holding the post since the town established it in 1986.