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Celebration to Honor End of an Era in Wilmington

The town recently announced a September 27 retirement party for Town Manager Michael Caira, who leaves the town after 22 years of service.

With a date announced for a retirement celebration honoring Michael Caira, the Town Manager’s tenure is rapidly coming to a close - whether town officials like it or not.

The town recently polished off plans for a retirement party in Caira’s honor, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel.

“When Mike announced his retirement, we would say ‘well at least we have him for another year and a half,’” said selectman Lou Cimaglia, who has worked with Caira for almost a decade. “But it came up quick. I know that Jeff (Hull) is more than competent to do the job, but he’s got big shoes to fill with a guy that is so respected in town government across the state.”

Caira’s retirement comes after 22 years serving as Town Manager, the longest tenure for anyone as the chief executive officer in Wilmington history.

Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse said that while he doesn’t look forward to losing Caira and his expertise, he is looking forward to the September event honoring the outgoing manager.

“It will be a great evening because he will get the recognition that he truly deserves,” said Newhouse, who has worked with Caira since 1996. “It’ll be quite an honor for him when folks come together to recognize him and pay tribute to the job he’s done.”

September 30 is , with Hull already pending successful contract negotiations. Those contract talks are ongoing and set to be discussed again at the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday.

Newhouse said that while September 30 marks then end of an era, it doesn’t make for the last time town officials will see the man who’s been the face of the town for more than two decades.

“I think even Mike would tell you that he isn’t going to drop off the face of Wilmington,” said Newhouse. “He’s going to continue to be a presence in town. He’s been so vested in this town for so long. There have been times over the past 20-plus years that it may have been a good career move to make a change, but he’s been committed to the town and his job, and in the end it’s been a huge benefit.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for Caira’s retirement celebration, contact Beverly Dalton at the Town Manager’s office via e-mail or by calling (978) 658-3311.

Kevin Mac August 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Will Kevin MacDonald be hosting the party for Mr. Caira?
Kevin Mac August 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Kevin, If you appeal the party maybe Mr. Caira will not be able to retire.
Wayne Sullivan August 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
While I understand the attempt at humor and I believe no disrespect was intended, one doesn't always have bring Kevin MacDonald into every Patch story. Mr. Caira has had successful employment with the town for the past 22 years and there is a party in his honor period. Let's not share his spotlight in any way with other people especially Mr. MacDonald who truly enjoys his aggravating presence among us all, residents or otherwise. If one side doesn't start, the other side does! For once, it should just be about a retirement party for a person who truly deserves it and is worthy of such an event.
Richard Jertz September 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Kevin, Are you tailgating before Mr. Caira's retirement party?

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