HopNews has learned through sources at Town Hall that Town Manager Norman Khumalo is leaving Hopkinton to take a job in the private sector.
Hopkinton created the Town Manager position after adopting a revised town charter in 2007.
Khumalo joined Hopkinton in June 2009, hired by the Select Board following the abrupt departure of Town Manager Tony Troiano. Troiano, who had been convicted of manslaughter stemming from an auto accident, resigned after a sexual harassment complaint from a Town Hall worker who said he had created a hostile work environment.
Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus will serve as the acting town manager in the interim period.
HopNews reached Select Board Chair Muriel Kramer for comment. In a written statement, Ms. Kramer said:
“First and foremost, we wish Mr. Khumalo well in all of his future endeavors. It is always hard to see valued employees retire or leave for new opportunities, and he will certainly be missed. That said, he leaves us having securely positioned Hopkinton with durable and sustainable structures and processes firmly in place that we will use to continue to build for the future.
The Board will work with Mr. Khumalo to plan for his departure ensuring that Hopkinton continues to be managed with secure and consistent oversight.
Mr. Khumalo has served Hopkinton with dedication and unwavering professionalism, and I know I speak for the Board and the Town as a whole when I thank him for his years of exceptional service and wish him and his family blessings for their future.“
Through the town’s public relations firm, a statement was issued late this evening. It indicated that Khumalo would be joining Pattern Energy as Vice President of Government Relations and Growth. His departure date has not been finalized but is expected to be in early 2024.
Solect Energy, based in Hopkinton, is a Pattern Energy company, and has completed several projects for the town over the years.
“I am extraordinarily proud to have spent such a significant portion of my career in the wonderful Town of Hopkinton,” Khumalo said in the statement. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve such a vibrant, growing town. I am grateful to all the great civic leaders, board and commission members and volunteers. Together we have worked to make Hopkinton the community it is today.”