Maria Capriola (left) and Select Board Chair Alisa Brewer
UPDATE: 5/5/16: Maria Capriola was appointed our new Town Manager
She came off as friendly but firm, bright -- but not in an overly academic sort of way -- poised and articulate. Most surprising, however, was how experienced she is at the tender age of 36.
Amherst is already used to females in a leadership roll, from the current ultra organized Select Board Chair Alisa Brewer to previous superstar, and probably someday mayoral contender, Stephanie O'Keeffe.
Even going back to the nightmare years circa early/mid 2000s, then Chair Anne Awad ruled with an iron hand.
The main advantage Ms. Capriola has is her experience in Mansfield CT, a "college town," where the property tax base shifted from 90/10 residential/commercial to 75/25 with the construction of a downtown literally from the ground up.
Amherst's current taxbase is 90% residential, and badly in need of commercial development.