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Mayor Sarno & Congressman Neal Recognize Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, for His 30 Years of Service with the City of Springfield

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, has been responsible for administrative and professional work in directing all activities of municipal parks and parkland, 5 million square feet of municipal buildings city-wide, including School Department buildings, Fire Stations, Libraries and Police Headquarters, for thirty years.  He is responsible for the administration of over $45 million in park capital projects, and assisted the Mayor’s cabinet and School Superintendent in the successful Massachusetts School Building Authority application process with an investment of over $650,000,000 in school repairs and new buildings. 

Patrick directs, plans and implements policies and objectives of municipality in accordance with charter and boards and commissions.  Patrick was recently honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for his work with the Organic Land Program and the energy savings projects he has administered on behalf of the city. Patrick serves on the Mayor’s Cabinet, management committees, School Building Commission, and reports to Park and School Commissions.  He develops both short-term and long-term capital improvement plans for the department. 

Ensuring our school buildings would remain open, he coordinated and administered the largest ESCO municipal contract in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts resulting in a long-term savings in excess of $30 million. The program also involved the procurement and energy savings for electricity, oil and natural gas, resulting in savings of $2 million per year. This ensured the replacement of boilers over 100 years old.

When he assumed the responsibility of the Facility Department, Patrick created and implemented an online work order system which resulted in the improvement of building conditions and grounds city-wide.  All municipal and school buildings are now in compliance with Building Department Code Enforcement.  He also developed public/private partnerships to enhance special events and improvements to the city, including Bright Nights in Forest Park as well as concerts, plays and movie series in the parks.  Patrick established a community service program with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department resulting in savings in excess of $50 million over the past 18 years.

Mayor Sarno stated, “Patrick Sullivan has notable interpersonal skills, a unique capacity to relate to all levels of management, staff and the public. He is dedicated to exceptional customer service and is able to cultivate positive rapport and nurture relationships by offering service beyond expectation. The city has benefitted greatly due to his superb project management skills and effective combination of assuming multiple responsibilities and innovation to consistently meet objectives. I am proud to recognize Pat for his outstanding work ethic, integrity, thoroughness and commitment to the City of Springfield.”

“Thirty years ago, during my tenure as Mayor, I made one of the best decisions of my career. I hired Pat Sullivan. And for the next three decades, he has performed his duties each day with great skill, dedication and professionalism. Pat Sullivan is someone who cares very deeply about the City of Springfield and that is evident in his work ethic and record of accomplishments.  Simply put, he has made every neighborhood in our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. I am pleased to recognize Pat’s career in public service today and thank him for the extraordinary work he has done,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

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