Frank Abbondanzio retiring; will be the longest-lasting municipal administrator in Franklin County

,Recorder Staff, Monday, July 25, 2016, TURNERS FALLS — Frank Abbondanzio, who turned in his resignation Monday night as Montague municipal assistant, took on the job of town administrative assistant as a recent University of Massachusetts graduate who’d studied European history, international relations, art and, finally, landscape architecture and planning.

With that diverse background, the then-32-year-old Air Force veteran from the Boston area became the first administrative and planning professional in a town that was, in 1980, still reeling from years struggling with the transition from its reputation as the home of the Renaissance Church, with the loss of factory jobs in its downtown mills and with a controversy over a potential twin nuclear plant.

When he retires Dec. 6, Abbondanzio will be the longest-lasting municipal administrator in Franklin County, if not western Massachusetts.
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