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WHEREAS RICK MERSON BEGAN WORKING FOR THE NEEDHAM DEPARTMENT of PUBLIC WORKS AS A CO-OP STUDENT FROM NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY AND WORKED HIS WAY UP TO DIRECTOR; AND

WHEREAS RICK HAS SERVED AS DIRECTOR FOR 28 YEARS, BEING ONLY THE FOURTH DPW DIRECTOR SINCE THE 1930’S; AND

WHEREAS RICK OVERSAW SIGNIFICANT CHANGE AND MODERNIZATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND WAS AN AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL TOP 10 LEADER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT IN 2005; AND

WHEREAS RICK HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD OF THE UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF METRO BOSTON AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS ITS CHAIR; AND

WHEREAS RICK HAS BEEN A DEVOTED HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE, JAN AND A LOVING FATHER TO HIS FOUR CHILDREN: MELANIE, SARA, SHEA AND MAURA;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HEREBY JOIN WITH THE NEEDHAM COMMUNITY IN PAYING HONOR AND TRIBUTE TO RICK MERSON ON HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 48 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE TOWN OF NEEDHAM; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO RICK MERSON, TOWN OF NEEDHAM, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.