By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer
Hudson – Town officials dedicated the newly constructed Department of Public Works (DPW)/Police Department headquarters to longtime DPW Director Joseph Rego Dec. 16.
Selectmen James Quinn and John Parent spoke at the event before inviting Joseph Rego Jr. and State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) to address community members in attendance. Quinn and Rego concluded by unveiling a plaque recognizing Joseph Rego Sr.’s service.
“I knew that Joe had done a lot for the town but…the poor guy couldn’t keep one job at a time,” Quinn said earlier in the event, holding up a folder of documents chronicling Rego’s employment in Hudson. “He always had to do three, or four, or five [jobs].”
Indeed, Rego ran the DPW from 1962 to 1988. Outside of his DPW office, Rego also served as the town’s athletic director and executive assistant among other positions. He passed away in April of 2013.
The DPW/Police headquarters now named in Rego’s memory cost the town roughly $14 million to construct. As both departments settle in after moving in May, their leaders continue to celebrate the facility.
“I think the modern technology, the ability to have the room to look at our plans and work efficiently really gives the public works the ability to perform their best work,” said DPW Director Eric Ryder.