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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Select Board Renews Town Manager Alex Morse's Contract for 3 Years

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The Provincetown Select Board approved a new three-year contract with Town Manager Alex B. Morse at their December 11, 2023 meeting. The new contract will commence on April 5, 2024 and go until April 5, 2027. The decision to renew Mr. Morse's contract comes after a thorough evaluation of his performance and a recognition of the significant achievements realized under his leadership over the past three years.

"We were unanimous in our decision to extend Town Manager Morse's contract for another three years,” said Select Board Chair David Abramson. “The leadership and commitment to the community he has shown have resulted in tangible progress in many areas, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts."

In partnership with the Select Board, and with the support of Town staff, Town Manager Morse has been instrumental in driving positive change across various key areas for the Town of Provincetown. Some accomplishments of Mr. Morse's tenure include:

  1. Housing:
    • Issued RFP and advanced the development of 3 Jerome Smith Rd., the former VFW site, into 65 units of year-round affordable apartments.
    • Presented plan approved by Town Meeting to allocate a permanent percentage of Rooms Tax receipts to a dedicated Housing Fund.
    • Issued RFP and advancing the development of the site of former police station at 26 Shank Painter Rd. to year-round market rate rental housing.
    • Led efforts to purchase private properties for future housing development, including 288A Bradford Street and 22 and 24 Nelson Avenue.
    • Strengthened short-term rental registration and compliance efforts and passed the Town’s first short-term regulations.
    • Launched joint housing workshops that bring together the Select Board, the Community Housing Council, the Year-Round Market-Rate Rental Housing Trust, and the Planning Board to discuss and develop housing-related policies and by-laws to bring to Town Meeting.
  2. Sewer Expansion:
    • Spearheaded and secured approval of a comprehensive town-wide sewer expansion plan to bring municipal sewer service to all properties in town by 2030.
    • Oversaw upgrades to the central vacuum system to enhance efficiency, redundancy, and functionality.
  3. Public Safety:
    • Reconvened the Building Committee, updated plans, and secured Town Meeting funding for the construction of a new police station to be completed in early 2024.
    • Oversaw the implementation of a body worn camera program for all Provincetown Police Officers.
    • Implemented a successful transition from an all-volunteer Fire Department to a combination department with over 16 full-time Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics.
    • Maintained critical EMS coverage despite the unexpected dissolution of Lower Cape Ambulance.
  4. Public Parks and Facilities
    • Secured both local and state funding for Cannery Wharf Park project, breaking ground in Spring 2024.
    • Completed Master Plan for the reimagination of Motta Field.
  5. Health and Climate Resiliency
    • Led the town through summer 2021 COVID-19 spike and Monkeypox outbreak in 2022.
    • Helped support the collaboration between Outer Cape Health Agents to expand mental health programming in Provincetown.
    • Created Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee to work on a climate resilience action plan.
  6. Town Government
    • Restructured the organization to better serve the public.
    • Improved and enhanced the Town’s communication efforts and strategies.
    • Implemented critical compensation and classification plan to retain existing talent and recruit new talent.
    • Hired the Town’s first DEI Director to work to implement policies and initiatives to promote a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff, residents, and visitors through a demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community.

“I am extremely grateful to the Select Board for placing their confidence in me and allowing me the opportunity to continue serving Provincetown,” said Town Manager Alex B. Morse. “I also want to thank our talented and dedicated Town staff, board and committee volunteers, businesses and non-profits, and residents for their partnership in tackling the big challenges we face. I look forward to continuing to work together to make progress for this remarkable community."

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