Facilities Director for Town, Schools Leaving His Post

June 13, 2023
Taissir Alani resigned from his post as Bedford’s Facilities Director, effective at the end of this week. Photo from 2019 by Erin Dorr.

Taissir Alani, Bedford’s municipal and school facilities director for the past nine years, has resigned, effective on Friday.

Acting Town Manager Colleen Doyle informed the Select Board during its regular meeting on Monday. Doyle said Tuesday the position is being advertised this week, and she will confer with School Superintendent Philip Conrad and his successor, Cliff Chuang, about the details for filling the position permanently.

Alani was Bedford’s third facilities director since the position was established in 1997. The job is part of both the municipal and school structure, with budgetary separation and crossover in areas such as maintenance and repairs.

“I’m very sad to leave, but it’s time for me to move on,” Alani said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon. He said he is weighing “a couple of offers” from the private sector, one in the area and the other on the West Coast, and will choose one after taking some vacation.

Alani said he provided notice of his departure more than two weeks ago.  He said his assistant, Ron Scaltreto, will handle day-to-day management.

“Taissir was an incredible asset to the schools and to the town during his tenure in Bedford,” said Dan Brosgol, the longest serving member of the School Committee. He called Alani a “consummate professional,” and noted that “he oversaw four major school renovation and expansion projects as well as his work on other town buildings like the police station project..”

Conrad stated, “Taissir has been an incredible partner for us especially during Covid-19. Without his proactive approach, we would not have been able to provide the learning environments we did for our students and staff.”

Brosgol also pointed out “his work in keeping utility costs under control while also pursuing aggressive goals for sustainability.”

The chair of the Select Board, Bopha Malone, reacted with gratitude “for his commitment and dedication to the town. Taissir has played an essential role in a lot of what we love about our town.”

Alani succeeded Richard Jones in 2014, and he thanked the town manager and school superintendent of that time, Rick Reed and Jon Sills, for “giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

He reviewed a roster of major town and school projects since then: renovations or additions in all four schools; the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing overhaul of Town Hall; preservation of the historic Bedford Depot; the expansion and renovation of the police station. “I’m proud of them all,” he said, adding, “I basically established a roadmap for our 15-year energy plan.”

“I really would like to emphasize the collaboration, working with town committees, and their support,” he said. 

Alani emphasized his gratitude to the residents and to his staff. “I have been very lucky to have had this opportunity to manage projects, but without the support and approval of residents, I would have had no projects,” he observed. “All of our articles were approved because of their value to the town.”

“Credit goes to my office staff as well as the custodians and the maintenance technicians, the two groups who keep our buildings well-cleaned and well-lit and well-maintained, day in and day out,” Alani asserted. During the months dealing with Covid-19, “they did the deep cleaning and sanitation and sterilization. They were at the front lines. They’re the ones who should get the credit.

“My message to my staff is always: Lead by example,” Alani related. “Whatever is in the best interest of the town, do not hesitate to help out. Using our resources, we jump into any opportunity if we feel we can help.”

He mentioned some work done “outside our jurisdiction or control, like the townwide fiber optic project. “We even took the lead on community choice aggregation.” Facilities worked with the Department of Public Works to upgrade street lighting, he continued, and his department centralizes the total utilities budget.

“We don’t just maintain buildings,” he said. “We are all employees.”

The demands of navigating Covid-19 did not play a role in his decision to leave, Alani said. “I think it’s just timing, my mind telling me it’s time to go now.”

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Bob Clark
June 14, 2023 9:32 pm

Thank you Taissir for all you have done for the Bedford Community and residents. You always had the best interest of our Community. You did so much for the Bedford Community. You will
Be greatly missed. Wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your journey. You are appreciated!

Tom Devine
June 14, 2023 11:30 am

Now is the perfect time to promote from within. Ron Scaltreto has been the leading force in all of the town’s facilities for many years. His experience, dedication, and quality of work proves he is the right person for the job. It would not make any sense to look around for someone to do a job that they would have to be trained to do when we have the perfect professional already leading the department. Don’t waste time looking for a replacement when it is right under your nose.

Angelo Colasante Jr
June 14, 2023 7:15 pm
Reply to  Tom Devine

I couldn’t agree with you more Mr. Devine.

Bob Clark
June 14, 2023 9:34 pm
Reply to  Tom Devine

Agree with Tom and Angelo!

Angelo Colasante
June 14, 2023 9:10 am

This is a huge loss for the town. I had the pleasure of working with Taissir on several building committee’s and he was the consummate professional, always considering the town’s best interest in every decision he made. He will be tough to replace.

Robin Steele
June 13, 2023 10:17 pm

We are going to miss Taissir. He was a huge asset to this town. Best of luck with whatever you do.

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