By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – David Grasso, recreation director for the city of Marlborough, has notified Mayor Arthur Vigeant that he will retire in the near future. In a communication to the City Council at the March 21 meeting, the mayor announced the resignation and said he will recommend to the Recreation Commission that Recreation Department Program Manager Charles Thebado be named in the position upon Grasso’s effective date of retirement.
Councilor Robert Tunnera, speaking on behalf of the council, thanked Grasso for his 18 years of dedicated service.
In other business, councilors gave a standing ovation to Firefighter Eric Christensen who was recently promoted to lieutenant in the Marlborough Fire Department upon the recommendation of Chief Kevin Breen. Councilor Peter Juaire led the congratulatory comments and stated: “I had the pleasure of working with him. He shows devotion and is well respected by all in the department.”
Christensen served as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force from 1997-2001 and was appointed to the Marlborough Fire Department Nov. 5, 2001. He is a member of the State Hazmat Team and has completed numerous trainings and certifications including Confined Space Rescue and Rapid Intervention.
“He recently organized and led a blood drive for Boston Children’s Hospital,” stated the mayor in his communication to the council.
“The Marlborough Fire Department and the residents of Marlborough have been well served by Lieutenant Christensen throughout his career,” stated Vigeant in offering his congratulations.