Aronstein To Accept Town Administrator Position in Swansea
DIGHTON — The Town of Dighton and Board of Selectmen announce that Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein will be stepping down from her position at the end of the month after she accepted the position of Town Administrator in the Town of Swansea.
Aronstein submitted her resignation to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and will be leaving the town on Friday, Oct. 30.
The Board of Selectmen will begin the process of searching for a new Town Administrator immediately. The Board of Selectmen will notify the public of the first steps at upcoming meetings and keep residents informed throughout the process.
“It’s been a privilege to work alongside Mallory for the past three years,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Brett Zografos said. “Mallory has made a big impact during her time here and the Town of Dighton is better because of her. She has truly set a legacy for Dighton and we will carry that on in her absence.”
Aronstein has served as Dighton’s first-ever town administrator since 2017. Prior to this role, she served as the assistant town administrator for the Town of West Bridgewater from 2008 to 2017.
During her time in Dighton, she is credited with bringing in over $750,000 to the Town of Dighton in grant funds, managing each grant which have ranged from small planning grants to major projects with a variety of deliverables. These grants have included the MassDOT Shared Streets grant, multiple grants for the Briggs Street construction project, Municipal Vulnerabilities Plan/Hazard Mitigation Plan grants and more.
Aronstein also developed a five-year plan to accomplish large-scale tasks such as the town hall and fire station renovations. The Board of Selectmen report quarterly on the status of each project included in the five-year plan.
Most notably Aronstein handled crisis management for the Town of Dighton during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The decision to leave was an extremely difficult one as the Town of Dighton has been an amazing place to work,” Aronstein said. “Dighton is truly a gem of Bristol County and it’s been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as the first Town Administrator. I have grown considerably, both professionally and personally, while in Dighton and I’ll sorely miss all my colleagues and the residents that I have come to know all too well. I would like to once again thank everyone for their willingness to accept a new role, accept various changes to workflows and processes and to rise to the occasion when needed to work together for a common goal. “
The Town of Dighton has sought the services of an outside recruitment contractor to assist in the process of hiring a new Town Administrator. Over the next several weeks they will be meeting with the Selectmen to gather information, prepare a position statement for marketing, collect resumes and ultimately begin the interview process.
“We’re hoping to find someone as qualified, energetic, hard-working and dynamic as Ms. Aronstein,” Chairman Zografos said.