Thatcher Kezer, Mayor, Amesbury, MA
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Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Sharing services with local towns so that government saves money and works better.
During his tenure, Mayor Kezer has moved Amesbury onto a solid financial footing and has worked to improve efficiency, focus on excellence in delivering core municipal services and has implemented innovated ways to improve services while lowering costs.
Since taking office, Mayor Kezer has implemented a management system known as AmesStat. Through AmesStat, the Mayor is helping to transform how the city does business in order to meet the dual challenge of controlling costs and delivering excellent municipal services. The Mayor’s two primary objectives in implementing AmesStat are to ensure performance accountability at all levels of city government, and to create a reference tool for the data necessary to advocate for resources to deliver services.
Mayor Kezer has over a decade of government and municipal experience, including serving as Director of Purchasing for the City of Beverly, where he managed the business of the city and negotiated union contracts, and as Chairman of the Town of Salisbury Finance Committee, where he overhauled the budget process and stabilized the Town’s finances in early 1990s. Mayor Kezer is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard and President of the National Guard Association of Massachusetts.