Photo courtesy of Salem State University
The following was supported by Jim Glynn, assistant director of university relations at Salem State:
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is the recipient of this year's Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty Distinguished Alumnus Award from Salem State University.
The award - which recognizes "an individual, who, upon graduation, has distinguished himself or herself and his or her alma mater" - was presented during the university's alumni weekend activities on Sunday, June 3.
A 1989 Salem State graduate who majored in political science, Driscoll has been mayor of Salem since 2006. According to the university she "has restored financial stability to the city while embracing new projects and programs such as a city-owned ferry service to and from Boston; an updated community web site aimed at improving transparency and customer service; and a complete re-organization of city government aimed at reducing redundancies and streamlining operations. The early success of these efforts has led to renewed interest and investment in Salem, both within the downtown and throughout the community."
Salem State also recognized that Driscoll is Salem's first female mayor and previously served as the deputy city manager for the City of Chelsea. According to the university, "Mayor Driscoll has an extensive background in planning and land use development, having worked as a real estate and commercial development attorney in private practice, as well as serving as the community development director for the city of Beverly and as an assistant planner for the city of Salem."
In 1997, Salem State recognized Driscoll as Volunteer of the Year, and in 2003 inducted her into its Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame.