By Barbara Taormina
A new leadership team in city government emerged this week with City Council President Jadeane Sica’s announcement of 2019 City Council committee appointments.
“It has taken weeks to come up with who would sit on which committee,” said Sica before reading a long list of committee assignments.
The Finance Committee, which oversees the city’s spending and the annual city budget, will be led by Ward 6 Councillor David Camell with Councillor-at-Large Stephen Winslow serving as vice chairman. Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson, Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley and Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria will also serve on the committee.
The Rules & Ordinance Committee, which will take up the work of completing regulations for local marijuana businesses, will be chaired by Councillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora with Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe serving as vice chair. Councillors Camell, Winslow and Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon were also tapped to serve on the Ordinance Committee.
Councillor Crowe will lead the Appointments and Personnel Committee this year with DeMaria, who was named vice chair. Councillors Condon, Anderson and Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson were also named members of the committee, which oversees evaluations and salaries for all those nominated to positions appointed by the City Council.
The busy License Committee, which reviews applications for local licenses granted by the City Council, will be headed up by Murphy and Anderson, who will serve as vice chair. Councillors Spadafora, Matheson and Condon were also appointed to that committee.
Councillor Murphy will remain chair of the Cemetery Committee, which oversees Malden’s City-owned cemeteries. Councillors Anderson and Sica will also serve on that committee.
Sica also made several new appointments to ad-hoc committees focused on issues that have a significant impact on residents.
The Parking Review Committee, which is working to develop a residential parking program, will be chaired by Condon with Spadafora named as vice chair. Councillors Camell, Crowe and DeMaria were also appointed to the committee.
Councillor Murphy will continue to lead the Waterfront Access Committee with Councillors Winslow, Crowe, Matheson and Anderson, who serves as Malden’s harbormaster.
And Councillor Matheson will continue as chair of the Malden Hospital Site Review Committee with Councillors Spadafora, Condon, DeMaria and community member appointee Prisco Tammaro.
“I look forward to this upcoming year, to getting some things pushed through the committees,” said Sica. “I am confident in who I placed; I think we will get a lot accomplished this year and I look forward to seeing it all unfold.”