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Medford public works commissioner to oversee capital improvements

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 27, 2012 09:11 AM

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Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn said Wednesday he has appointed the commissioner of public works to oversee the administration and management of the city's capital improvement construction projects.

Jack Buckley will take over Oct. 8 as project manager for the capital projects, the mayor said in a statement. In 2011, Buckley made $106,766.92, according to payroll records; the move is lateral, and his compensation will not change.

Buckley will oversee improvements to the Medford High School swimming pool; design and construction of a new Department of Public Works yard; fire station improvements; and work at the Chevalier Auditorium. The move saves the city nearly $500,000, the estimated cost had planners hired private managers for each project.

"Jack is a great fit for this position," McGlynn said. "Jack has a proven track record for many years and is well known for his 'on time and under budget' record."

To replace Buckley at Public Works, the city has brought back retired former Public Works commissioner Paul Gere to take over day to day  operations while the city finds a new permanent commissioner.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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