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CREC Hires Mary Glassman to Manage Office for Regional Efficiencies

(Hartford, CT) To help school and town officials find innovative ways to increase efficiencies in non-education services, CREC has created the Office for Regional Efficiencies, and the new department will be managed by former Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary A. Glassman.

Glassman, who led the town of Simsbury for 16 years, began working at CREC on January 22.

“I’ve been recruiting Mary Glassman for the past 10 years,” said CREC Executive Director Bruce E. Douglas. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her. She is the right person to head up our Office for Regional Efficiencies.”

The creation of the new department was officially announced at a January breakfast held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. At that time, Douglas, BlumShapiro, and management consultant and strategist, James M. Kerr, highlighted possible areas where savings could be realized, including transportation, facilities management, food services, and information technology.

Work is already underway to enable schools to optimize bus routes, to achieve economies of scale through cooperative purchasing programs, to lower costs for facilities operations, and to provide state-of-the-art technology systems.

As manager of the CREC Office for Regional Efficiencies, Glassman will work closely with the Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, a bipartisan group of state and local officials charged with finding ways to make local government more efficient and affordable.

In her capacity as a local official, Glassman has been active with the MORE Commission since it was established in 2010, serving as a member of the commission’s regional entities work group. In addition to her prior role as first selectwoman, Glassman is a former president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and a former chairwoman of the Capitol Region Council of Governments.

“I’m excited to join CREC, and I look forward to using my municipal and legislative experience to find creative ways to fund education,” Glassman said.

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