Michael Caira called Saturday’s high school vote the most memorable day of his 22-year tenure as Town Manager. Caira’s career is an illustrious one, and it’s one that will be coming to a close soon.
During an interview after Special Town Meeting on Saturday, Caira told Patch that he will retire next fall as he seeks more time with his family.
“I think the town is fortunate that we have such good department heads and public officials,” said Caira. “I believe the town is ready financially. I want to make sure that when I leave, the town is left in good hands.”
Caira wanted to assure residents that when he does retire, he’ll remain an active resident in town.
“It really is time for me to spend some quality time with my family, particularly with my grandchildren. I find that sometimes you have precious little time, so I am trying to generate a little more of it,” said Caira. “I also want to indicate that I am still going to be a part of the community. I live here. I’ll be ready to volunteer if anyone needs me.”
During his career, Caira has seen a number of significant moments in Wilmington’s history, including the approval of the Public Safety Building, Wilmington Middle School and most recently a new high school.
The Town Manager said he believes his replacement could very well be found in the current body of town officials.
“I think there are people right within this community and town government that are capable of being Town Manager,” said Caira. “That said, I intend to support the selectmen in whatever efforts they intend to go forward with.”