Did Manager’s “Top Choice” meet Posted Qualifications for Treasurer?

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Jon Lumbra, the treasurer in Holyoke, “was clearly the top choice for the job,” Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy said in Today’s Sun breaking news.

I have a question for the City Manager, Why have a Job Description listing qualifications if you are going to ignore it? Why was this man “clearly the top choice” when per the listed qualifications, he doesn’t seem to meet them?

Really Mr. Manager, I’ll take your word that you think he is the most qualified but in the Posting for this position it clearly states the following:(BOLD MINE)

EDUCATION
The City Treasurer must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance or the equivalent. A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration or Finance is preferred.

SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of such experience and substitutions as follows:
1) A graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance may be substituted for a maximum of two
(2) years of the required (a) professional experience OR one (1) year of the (b) required supervisory experience.

2). At least five (5) years of full time or equivalent part-time professional experience as a municipal Treasurer/Collector may be substituted for two (2) years of the (b) required supervisory experience.

3). At least five (5) years of full time or equivalent part-time professional experience as a municipal Treasurer/Collector AND a graduate degree for an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance may be substituted for three (3) years of the (b) required supervisory experience.

According to both his Profile on LinkedIn and his candidate profile when he ran for the Treasurer he lacks any degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration or Finance unless you are accepting Criminal Justice as an equivalent.

On LinkedIn he list:

Education
Southern Vermont College
Criminal Justice/Police Science
1994 – 1998

Vermont Police Academy
Certifed Law Enforcment
1996 – 1996

City Treasurer
City of Holyoke
January 2010 – Present (4 years 10 months) which means he even falls short of Item 3.

In his Newspaper Interview about his qualifications when he first ran, he stated when responding to:

What are your qualifications for the post?

I attended the Holyoke Public Schools, continued on to Southern Vermont College, where I studied criminal justice. Upon returning to Holyoke I began working in the private sector. For the past nine years I have held a senior management position, most recently as the senior logistics manager for Spectrum Analytical in Agawam. In that role I manage a staff of 18 employees, and review and process all vendor contracts and bids. I perform cost projections and forecast spending patterns while ensuring that the company is prepared for any and all potential issues that may arise. I believe I bring a strong business mind to the position along with a fresh set of eyes.

Education: Holyoke Public Schools, Southern Vermont College

So the fourth largest City in MA. doesn’t need a person running the Treasurer’s office with some type of degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration or Finance?

I have no degree’s and think it is commendable to hire people to high ranking, critical positions who didn’t get a degree but in tho case, where Lowell has a very inexperienced CFO and City Auditor, wouldn’t you want a Treasurer with at least some finance or accounting degree and 10 years of experience to help these two inexperienced members?

Why post qualifications for a job if you are not going to hire people with the qualifications you ask them to have?

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