About the Finance Commission

The Finance Commission holds numerous meetings during the year for the purpose of reviewing departmental Reserve Fund transfer requests as well as detailed annual budget requests for the next fiscal year. After deliberation with department heads charged with the responsibility for expending budgetary funds, the Finance Commission then makes detailed budget recommendations for the fiscal year to the Annual Town Meeting.

Alan Slater, Chair, is a Registered Professional Engineer who specializes in waste water treatment.  After his graduation from Stanford University, Alan pursued his life-long dream of public service.  Serving in a leadership role at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for over 35 years Alan oversaw multiple waste water projects with a goal of designing systems that are environmentally friendly and cost effective.  Alan has been a leader in Norwood as a member and former Chairman of the Finance Commission, the School Facility Task Force, Town Meeting Member and Chair of the current committee exploring facility options for the future of the Norwood Schools.

Anne Marie Haley, Vice Chair, has a pragmatic approach to public service born out of her vast experience as an administrator in business.  Working for a national firm, Anne was intimately involved in strategic decision making and implementation.  She also moved as an administrator to the Exploration School in Norwood giving her a different perspective.  She built on that experience and currently serves as the liaison to the Norwood Public Schools where her goal is to understand the needs of the Schools while suggesting efficient business solutions. Anne served on the Finance Commission for a number of years and moved on to assist the Personnel Board to develop policies for the Town.  In addition, the Personnel Board makes decisions on the fairness of compensation on individual positions as duties change.  Anne has returned to the Commission and is seeking ways to enhance revenues and streamline costs.

Bob Donnelly has been a Town Meeting member since 1994. Bob was a member of the Selectmen’s Personnel By-Law Committee and was instrumental in establishing Norwood’s Personnel Board and Human Resources Department. Bob served as the Personnel Board’s first Chairman overseeing the hiring of the Town’s Human Resources Director and the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures.  He is a human resources professional with management experiences in both the private and public sectors including organizations such as Ocean Spray Cranberries, Boston Medical Center and currently with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.  Bob is a graduate of Norwood High School and Northeastern University with a Masters of Public Administration degree

David Hajjar is an engineer who worked 32 years at Verizon, all in their Real Estate Department.  During his 32 years David was responsible for Property Management, Design and Construction, Expense & Capital Budgets and Strategic Facility Planning.  Prior to his 2017 election to the Finance Commission, David served on the Personnel Board for 14 years, where as Chairman for 8 years, he steered the development of personnel policies, position descriptions and made decisions on the fairness of compensation on individual positions as duties and responsibilities changed.  David also served as Chairman of the 1.5% TASK Force which was focused on trying to achieve an exemption from Chapter 40B housing units.  In addition to his many other volunteer activities, including formerly leading a local Boy Scout Troop, David is an active Town Meeting Member.

Judy Langone has over 30 years of experience on both a professional and personal level.  Judy worked for the City of Waltham as an administrator.  Her focus was to develop systems to make the City more efficient so that it could maximize delivery of services to the public. Judy also had the opportunity to work as a leader for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She led an Information Technology group and oversaw the implementation of multiple financial and operational software systems for the Commonwealth.  At the same time, Judy devoted much of her personal time to serving the Town of Norwood.  In addition to serving as the first woman Chair of the Finance Commission, she has served on the original Committee of 21 which led the effort for a new Police and Fire Public Safety Facility, and the School Facilities Task Force which resulted in the new Norwood High School.  As a member of the Finance Commission, she was an integral part of developing a funding strategy for the new DPW facility.  Judy is a leader in the Democratic Town Committee, the League of Women Voters, a Town Meeting Member, and she helps to provide housing for residents as a Board Member of the Norwood Housing Authority.