The Cambridge City Council is poised appoint Richard Rossi to a three year term as City Manager, according to a Policy Order on the agenda for Monday's Council meeting. The order, sponsored by six Council members, names Rossi, currently the Deputy City Manager, to a three year term effective on current City Manager Robert Healy's retirement on June 30, 2013. The Cambridge City Council requires a simple majority of five votes to appoint a City Manager.
Rossi, a graduate of the Cambridge public school system, has been employed by the City since 1971, serving as Deputy City Manager since 1981. In appointing Rossi, the Council has abruptly changed course from its stated intention to engage in a City visioning process and a national search for a new manager. In its proposed order, the Council emphasizes the need for continuity both in preparation of next year's budget as well as planning processes that are underway for Kendall and Central Square.