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State Department of Revenue gives town good review

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The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services has given the town of Chelmsford a very favorable review after a thorough examination of the Chelmsford’s finance offices and interviews with various town officials, including Town Manager Paul Cohen, finance director and treasurer/collector John Sousa Jr., town accountant Darlene Lussier, chief assessor Frank Reen, principal clerk Cathy McArthur, human resources director Jeanne Parziale, and information technology director Ted Lutter. The state’s report was issued last month. The Division of Local Services completed its review at the request of the Board of Selectmen. “Looking back over the last three years, local officials receive positive affirmations from our representatives,” the state’s 10-page report said, noting that the town “demonstrates a level of coordination and quality that we attribute to strong communication and a sense of commitment among local officials . . .” The report said its positive impressions were supported by “the recent bond rating profile assembled by Standard & Poor’s for Chelmsford.” It also said town officials follow “solid financial management practices.” The state made nine recommendations for further improvements, including a suggestion that the town appoint an assistant town accountant, designate a backup signatory for the town manager, and consider adopting new financial software that would enable municipal workers to monitor and maintain their personal and employment information. To view the full report, visit the town website at

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