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Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan elected as First Vice President of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 13, 2012 10:57 AM

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Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will take on a new set of responsibilities after being elected as First Vice President of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association during the group’s annual meeting in January.

Sullivan was elected by his fellow mayors for the position, and will serve as a key leader in the Association, which meets regularly to discuss issues of local aid, transportation, economic development, and job creation.

Sullivan additionally will continue to serve on the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association (MMA) Board of Directors, which he joined a year ago. The mayor will also continue to serve on a statewide Local Government Advisory Commission, which meets throughout the year with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to discuss issues facing local communities.

Although the development means more for Sullivan to take on, he assured locals that his first job would always be as Mayor of Braintree.

“Braintree remains my primary focus, yet I am pleased to have the confidence of my peers and step up to help advocate for municipalities across the state,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said it was important for cities to band together, especially in a time of economic stress.

“No city or town can go it alone, which is why we need to work together on critical issues such as local aid, public safety, investing in our roads and bridges, and creating job opportunities in every corner of our Commonwealth,” he said.

MMA Executive Director Geoffrey C. Beckwith said he was pleased to have Sullivan in the role, and called him “an innovative and energetic leader.”

“Mayor Sullivan’s leadership abilities will be of enormous value to all of the cities and towns of Massachusetts," Beckwith said. "He is a forceful and effective advocate on behalf of local officials and taxpayers in all communities, as mayors and local leaders seek a full partnership with the state in our common work to make Massachusetts stronger and more prosperous.”

Sullivan said he is looking to forging a tighter bond between the state and local cities to aid the economic recovery in Massachusetts.

“I appreciate the vote of confidence from my fellow mayors and I look forward to continuing my work with them and with the MMA over the year ahead in this new leadership role,” he said.

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