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Charlie Ryan Announces Candidacy for Norfolk County Commissioner

Updated: Jun 19

He continues to serve Norfolk County Advisory Board for 16 years


Braintree Town Councilor Charles Ryan has formally announced his candidacy for a seat on the Norfolk County Commission. “I have devoted my entire adult life to public service,” Ryan said. “As a County Commissioner, I can continue and expand that service and help serve more communities and citizens.”


Background


Charlie attended Boston Latin and Catholic Memorial before earning a degree in marine engineering from Mass Maritime and an MBA from UMass Boston.


He is a single dad with two young adult sons. He served as a member of the special education parents advisory council to support his son who has Asperger’s Syndrome.


More than three decades ago, Charlie started his career at the MWRA as a diesel power plant operator. After numerous promotions, he is now the Director of Wastewater Operations responsible for a staff of over 200.


In 1998, Charlie ran for local office in Braintree. He has served Braintree on the Water and Sewer Commission, the Board of Selectmen, and for the past 13 years as a member of the Town Council. With each of these groups, Charlie has been elected by his peers to serve as their leader.


For the past 16 years, Charlie has been an active member and continues to serve on the Norfolk County Advisory Board.


Issues


In announcing his candidacy, Charlie said that he wanted to continue and expand on the work of the current Commissioners.


Court House Capital Plan


Ryan is a trained engineer with extensive experience managing buildings and capital planning. He said, “that our existing county court house buildings are aging and desperately need a plan to keep them in good shape. Without a well thought out plan, boiler and heating issues, window and door replacement, roofs and an aging infrastructure can become much larger problems.”


“As County Commissioner, I will make sure that our court house buildings have a five year capital plan, that the plan is updated annually and that the plan is followed.”

Expanded Regional Partnerships

As someone who has spent his entire adult life working in government, Charlie sees tremendous opportunity to develop regional partnerships that benefit those communities who participate. Especially during the difficult financial times that will result from the coronavirus pandemic, local governments will be struggling to provide even the most basic services.


“As County Commissioner, I will work to develop and expand voluntary regional partnerships and collaborations that allow a smaller community to experience the benefits of a larger collaborative. As an example, I want to expand a regional purchasing collaborative where local governments can pool their purchases and, through economies of scale, receive the benefits and cost savings from large group purchases.”

“As County Commissioner, I will work with local officials to explore a range of voluntary collaborations that benefit local governments and allow them to continue to provide the services that their citizens have come to rely on.”


Finances

For the past 16 years, Charlie has been a member and continues to serve on the Norfolk County Advisory Board. In that capacity, he has used his MBA and his considerable experience to be a fiscal watchdog working to ensure that limited tax dollars are spent wisely.


“As County Commissioner, I will work to ensure that the county invests in capital improvements for our court house buildings, golf course and agricultural high school to ensure that they continue to serve the community. I will also work to ensure that the $31.7 million county budget is built on the best management and financial practices available.”

Coronavirus

For Charlie, the first concern relative to county government is safety –safety for country employees and for the general public. He supports all of the steps taken by the county to date.


Ryan said, “I would work to ensure that employees and public voices are heard and listened to as policies and safety measures are developed and put in place. To that end, I would call for the formation of employee and user advisory groups for each aspect of county government relative to safety measures being taken and how and when services should be open to the public.”

Wollaston Rec/Golf Course

The facilities of the Wollaston Recreation Center are a valued asset serving a wide range of citizens from throughout the county. As our County Commissioner, Charlie will work tirelessly to ensure that these facilities are well maintained and supported.


“As we struggle to deal with the effects of the coronavirus, I will work hard to ensure that, along with sensible safety restrictions, if at all possible, the county will keep the 93 acre public golf course open for use.”

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