Mayor Sarno's Staff

Thomas M. Ashe, Chief of Staff

Thomas M. Ashe was born and raised in Springfield in the Hungry Hill neighborhood of the City. He graduated from Cathedral High School and Assumption College in Worcester.

Tom begas his career in public service after his election to the Springfield School Committee in 1999. Tom served on the School Committee for ten years before being elected to the City Council in 2010. He served on the City Council until his appointment as Mayor Sarno's Chief of Staff in 2018.

Previously, Tom worked for ten years at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and for seven years at the Worcester County Sheriff's Office in a variety of supervisory roles. Most recently, he was the Vice President at the YMCA of Greater Springfield.

As Chief of Staff, Ashe provides a wide variety of professional support to Mayor Sarno. Assignments are received from, carried out for, and reported to the Mayor. Tom coordinates activities of the Mayor with other divisions and departments. In addition, he represents the Mayor at meetings when required and appropriate; advises the Mayor, providing extensive professional assistance, project management and recommendations on City issues and performs highly responsible management work covering a broad range of municipal activities, including supervision of the Mayoral staff. He also serves as the Mayor's liaison to the Community Police Hearing Board, Springfield Public Schools and many other city collaborates.

Tom has three wonderful children: Tommy, Lauren and Alana. He currently resides in the East Forest Park neighborhood.

Marian K. Sullivan, Communications Director

As Director of Communications, Marian Sullivan is responsible for developing, executing, and managing strategic internal and external communication strategies that support the objectives of the City of Springfield. She coordinates message content, audience impact and reach across multiple communication platforms. Sullivan represents the Mayor at public events and in the media. Additionally, she is responsible for the production of materials on behalf of the City of Springfield and for responding to media inquiries. 

Sullivan earned her B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, as well as her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Springfield Technical Community College. She grew up in the East Forest Park neighborhood.

William J. Baker, MPA, Constituent Services Director

William Baker comes to the Mayor’s Office after serving for six years as a Legislative Aide for former State Representative Sean Curran.  He brings a deep understanding in the areas of state legislative affairs and constituent services to the Mayor’s Office.  Baker also served as Chairman of the Ward 2 Democratic City Committee for nine years and is a former member of the Board of Directors for Springfield Partners for Community Action. 

As Director of Constituent Services, Baker heads what Mayor Sarno has termed the "Quality of Life Flex Squad." He is responsible for responding to all quality of life complaints lodged by citizens and is the Mayoral representative on the “Quality of Life Flex Squad,” which consists of police, housing and law department officials.   

In his capacity, Baker works closely with the 311 Call Center to log complaints and partners with the appropriate city departments to investigate them on a case specific basis and work toward a resolution. Baker also represents the Mayor at public forums and works with the city’s neighborhood associations.  In addition to constituent work, Baker sits on several different internal committees.

Baker holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American International College as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa. Baker was born and raised in Springfield.

Carolyn Y. Jackson, Administrative Assistant

Carolyn Y. Jackson brings to the Mayor's Office more than 38 years of municipal experience. Ms. Jackson has worked in the Office of Planning and Economic Development, the Building Department’s Board of Appeals, Housing Code Enforcement, the Assessors Office and the Police Department. where she provided clerical and administrative support. 

As the executive assistant to the Mayor, Jackson provides daily office support; which includes calendar management and the coordination of office logistics. Jackson  also handles information management, coordinates proclamations, assists departmental staff and constituents in conducting business with the Mayor's Office, as well as  working closely with the Chief of Staff on special projects.

Darryl E. Moss, Deputy Director of Communications and Mayoral Aide

As Mayoral Aides, Moss is involved in a broad range of day-to-operations and activities and acts as direct support to the Communications Director. He is a liaison to residents, elected officials, local businesses, community groups and organizations, federal and state agencies. Moss also represent the Mayor in public forums. Mayoral Aides are assigned to work with specific neighborhood associations within the city, though they will be familiar with all of them.

Moss brings a deep understanding of the issues facing many Springfield families to the Mayor's Office. A professional in the field of Youth Development, Moss has more than 15 years of experience facilitating programs, budgetary policies and events for youth. Deputy Director of AWAKE, Inc., Moss developed, implemented and directed intervention programs for young people.

Previous experience includes working in prevention and intervention departments at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Moss has also worked with the Department of Youth Services; the Key Program, a Springfield-based residential treatment center; and New Opportunities, an alternative incarceration center in Waterbury, CT. Moss attended Southern Connecticut State University and Springfield College.

Minerva Marrero, Mayoral Aide

As a Mayoral Aides, Marrero is involved in a broad range of day-to-operations and activities. She acts as a liaison to residents, elected officials, local businesses, community groups and organizations, federal and state agencies.Marrero also represent the Mayor in public forums. The Mayoral Aides are assigned to work with specific neighborhood associations within the city, though they will be familiar with all of them.

Marrero has previously served as a district legislative aide to former State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera and is a former clerical coordinator for the New North Citizens’ Council. In total Marrero has over 20 years in customer service administration.

All members of the Mayoral Staff reside in Springfield.

Page last updated:  Friday, November 2, 2018 01:49 pm