John Lunt named GCET general manager

Published: 2/27/2018 7:26:10 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield municipal broadband organization has named John Lunt as its new general manager — replacing a former manager who was fired after accusations of mismanagement and bullying.

Lunt, who has served as interim general manager for Greenfield Community, Energy and Technology since October 2017, was named general manager following a board of commissioners meeting last week. He takes over the position roughly five months after it became vacant. The quasi-municipal internet service is currently in the process of building a network to serve the city.

Lunt had previously worked as the mayor’s assistant for special projects.

“I feel really fortunate. The current crew at GCET, including the technical division, are very strong and very capable,” he said.

Lunt’s responsibilities will include continuing to oversee the financial management, business systems and customer sales, he said. According to Lunt, his annual salary will be $77,000. His predecessor was making $120,000, and had been pushing for a raise to at least $150,000 about the time of his dismissal — a bone of contention with some city councilors.

According to GCET Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Farrell, the choice of Lunt as general manager provides stability for GCET, as well as someone familiar with the organization.

“We felt that it was very important that we have a stable atmosphere at GCET,” Farrell said.

Farrell also noted Lunt brings experience in both the public and private sector.

Lunt will be GCET’s first general manager since the dismissal of previous general manager Daniel Kelley.

Kelley was dismissed by Mayor William Martin last September during an investigation by the City Council into alleged financial mismanagement and criticism that Kelley bullied others in city government.

The investigation included Martin and other city officials testifying before the council.

Town Accountant Elizabeth Braccia alleged during her testimony before the council that several irregularities were found when reviewing GCET bills. These irregularities included the purchasing of gift cards, Christmas decorations, lunches and other items.

When asked about the controversy that preceded him, Lunt said, “That was really before I got here and my focus is on moving forward.”

He did note, however, that he has worked with the city’s human resources and accounting and finance departments and believes a good relationship has since been built.

Relationship with GCET

When Martin was asked about the appointment, he said Lunt has been part of a team that has acted like “crisis management to get through the bumps and the hurdles,” adding that the transition “can’t happen fast enough.”

Lunt said he started as a liaison with GCET in October 2017, which then “evolved over time” to him becoming the interim general manager.

He said he has 30 years of private sector business experience, including work with Walt Disney Company and Harley-Davidson.

In addition, Lunt said he has worked for the city for several years, which included serving on several boards and commissions in the city.

“GCET is a public entity that competes in the private sector, so having experience in both the public and private side is useful,” he said.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at:

413-772-0261, ext. 257


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