Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo is joining Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey's administration as Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner, where he will oversee the state's network of public parks and beaches.
Arrigo was introduced as DCR commissioner early Monday morning. He plans to resign as mayor on April 21, ending a run as mayor that began in 2016, and to start work for the state on April 24.
In making the announcement, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs credited Arrigo for his work developing Revere's first master plan in more than 40 years, the creation of a 311-constituent service office, and the construction of a new Department of Public Works facility and a new Point of Pines Fire Station, as well as efforts to encourage public and private investments along Revere Beach, Shirley Avenue, and Suffolk Downs.
Arrigo previously served on the Revere City Council and in 2014-2015 he worked as operating budget manager at the MBTA. For three years starting in January 2006, Arrigo was deputy budget director and fiscal policy analyst at the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
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Arrigo's city is home to Revere Beach Reservation, which DCR describes as "the first public beach established in the United States."
"Policymaking is about more than laws and budgets – it's about building happy, healthy communities for our residents. Mayor Arrigo understands, as I do, that DCR is central to those efforts," Gov. Healey said in a statement. "He has extensive experience transforming Revere's waterfront and managing public lands. I know he will work tirelessly so everyone in our state has access to well-maintained green spaces and fun activities for all ages."
Said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper: "It's time we think bigger about the role of the Department of Conservation and Recreation in our state. DCR manages 450,000 acres of land in Massachusetts – from forests to urban oases. We need a Commissioner like Mayor Arrigo who understands the vital role our parks system, tree planting efforts, and conservation work intersect with public health and the climate crisis."
The new appointee mentioned stepping up our tree planting efforts and improving park maintenance as priorities.