For Immediate Release
July 14, 2010
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that Joanne Massaro will take on the duties of Commissioner of Public Works after serving as Interim Commissioner since January. Commissioner Massaro has been charged with delivering innovations that will be guided in part by the Mayor’s New Urban Mechanics agenda with the goal of improving City services for the people of Boston.
"I’m excited for the fresh perspective that Joanne brings to the Public Works Department, which is so important to the well-being of our City," Mayor Menino said. "I’ve been pleased with the leadership she’s demonstrated over the past several months and I’m delighted that her energy and management experience will help guide her in this prominent role."
"Commissioner Massaro and her team have been responsive to the needs of my district and the entire city of Boston," said City Council President Michael Ross. "I am thrilled to know she will continue the improvements we have already seen in Boston’s infrastructure and services under her leadership."
In her time as Interim Commissioner, Ms. Massaro has led several progressive reforms. These include a new Waste Reduction Division to increase recycling rates, a center to better manage response to service requests, professional development for field supervisors and foremen, and partnerships with local universities to develop a pool of young civil engineers and advise the City on sustainable paving strategies. Overtime in Public Works has also been reduced by 63% compared to Fiscal Year 2009.
"It’s my privilege to have an opportunity to represent this department," Commissioner Massaro said. "I’m fortunate to be working with a very qualified team, and I look forward to building on the history of the City’s Public Works operation."
Ms. Massaro has substantial management experience, having served in Mayor Menino’s administration as Director of Policy, Director of Operations, and Interim Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development as well as Special Projects Director in the Office of Administration and Finance. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and will become the first female commissioner of Boston’s Public Works Department.