O'Brien Named Plymouth County Treasurer

NOV 2006 - Former Representative Close Association Ally - As we reported in the September edition of the Voice, longtime
Plymouth County Treasurer John McLellan retired in early August after
thirty-three years of public service. What was not known, at that time, was who
would be appointed to fill the two years remaining in McLellan’s unexpired
term.

Stating that the office of county treasurer is too important
to leave unfilled, the Plymouth County Commissioners quickly moved to interview
those individuals interested in the position. Three finalists were selected
Brockton City Councilor Robert Sullivan, West Bridgewater Treasurer/Collector
John Duggan, and Representative Thomas O’Brien (D-Kingston) and underwent a
public interview on August 9.

While all three finalists made impressive presentations and
were highly qualified to assume the position, the three-member Commission
unanimously appointed O’Brien as the new treasurer.

Highly Qualified

Commissioners pointed to O’Brien’s record and experience as
a five-term State Representative as what separated him from the other
finalists. As an outspoken advocate of county government, he was a key player
in the successful effort in the mid-90s that spared Bristol,
Norfolk, and Plymouth
counties from being abolished during the county reform movement.

Another important factor that set O’Brien apart from the
other applicants is his background in the financial service industry. “I am
well versed in the nuances of financial planning and pension management.
Coupled with my legislative experience, I have the right background to take on
this important job,” said O’Brien.

Retiree Supporter

Association officials, citing O’Brien’s longstanding support
of public retirees, submitted a letter of recommendation to the county
commissioners on his behalf.

Over
the years O’Brien has been the lead House sponsor on a number of Association
legislative initiatives. During the current Legislative Session, he headed
efforts to increase the minimum pension, raise the basic life insurance, and
enhance survivor benefits.

“Tom has been one of our
go-to guys in the House for a number of years,” explained Association President
Ralph White. “There were some very good candidates for the treasurers position.
John Duggan has experience on the board and would have been excellent. But Tom
O’Brien was the only candidate with the 
skills to do the job and the political experience to be elected in ‘08.

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