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Hopkinton finance director Laura Kenyon.

Hopkinton finance director resigns for new job in Narragansett

HOPKINTON — Finance Director Laura Kenyon has accepted a new position in Narragansett. Kenyon, who has worked for the town for five years, will take over as finance director in that town in February, replacing Donald Goodrich who is retiring. Her last day in Hopkinton is Jan. 31.

“I’m really disappointed that she’s leaving,” said Town Council President Frank Landolfi. “She was really fantastic to deal with.”

Town Manager William McGarry said he was sorry to see Kenyon go.

“My message to the Town of Narragansett: Our loss is your gain,” he said. “We’re really going to miss Laura in Hopkinton. She is intelligent, dedicated, experienced and did an outstanding job. She has a high level of interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor and is truly a team player.”

Kenyon, who also served as the town’s director of human resources, said she accepted the Narragansett position on Jan. 6, and informed council members of her departure that same night.

McGarry said Kenyon had been a valued colleague.

“She was much more than the town’s finance director,” he said. “Rarely did I make any decisions of any significance, financial or otherwise, without consulting her first. She was like the assistant town manager and oversaw staff matters in my absence.”

In addition to offering a larger staff and budget, Kenyon said the Narragansett job was a much easier commute from her home in Wakefield.

McGarry said he wasn’t surprised that Narragansett had chosen Kenyon.

“It’s no surprise to me that Laura was selected to serve as Narragansett’s finance director, he said. “As soon as I learned that she was going to interview for the position, I knew she’d get the job — hands down.”

Landolfi said Kenyon was known as an efficient and unflappable manager.

“The biggest asset Laura has is she always has the same personality. She’s always pleasant. She never got flustered. I hope the next finance director is as gracious as she is,” he said.

Kenyon’s departure comes as the town is preparing its 2014-15 budget, but the work is completed and she will continue to work for the town on a per diem basis until her replacement is found. Hopkinton has begun its search for a new finance director and has advertised the position in The Westerly Sun.

Kenyon said she was looking forward to new challenges in Narragansett, but admitted she would miss the people in Hopkinton.

“They’re wonderful people in Hopkinton, both taxpayers and staff,” she said.

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