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Driscoll Attends Town of Randolph Biennial Inauguration

January 4, 2024

On Tuesday, January 2nd the Town of Randolph held their Biennial Inauguration in celebration of the newly elected officials to serve the town. During the event, members of the Stetson School Fund, the Randolph School Committee, and Town Council took their oaths of office, led by Town of Randolph Director of Planning Michelle Tyler, and were installed into their respective positions.

Representative Bill Driscoll Jr. (D-Milton) was thrilled to attend the event, and meet with newly sworn in local officials and their proud families.

In addition to recognizing the new membership of these town boards, Town Manager Brian Howard provided remarks outiling the town and town council’s focus on Randolph public education, public safety, and overall health and wellness. Significant, and targeted investments have been made to prioritize each of these areas.

Acknowledging that this was the first in-person inauguration since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the public health department’s efforts were highly regarded. The town was awarded a State Action for Public Health Excellence grant by MA Department of Public Health, allowing for the hire of professional staff, as well as to implement a training program for Randolph and surrounding communities related to public health efforts for the next decade.

Howard emphasized the town’s commitment to ensuring reflective public safety personnel of the community’s population and cultural makeup, as well as its work to train officers in mental health aid response, with the support of a police clinician responsible for assisting with mental health calls. Additionally, the fire department was awarded a $2.2 million FEMA grant that covers the costs of 8 new firefighters and ambulance staff for the next 3 years, raising the staff number per shift to the highest in the town’s history.

In the upcoming year, the town anticipates the opening of North Randolph Elementary School for the start of the next academic year - the first new school in the district in over a generation.

Lastly, Howard responded to the concerns related to PFAs levels in the town’s water. In addition to the implementation of the Blue Drop Program that ensures everyone has access to clean water, the town looks forward to the opening of a new water treatment plant for Randolph, Braintree, and Holbrook residents in 2025. This effort will be supported by a Water Stabilization Fund created by the town a decade ago, minimizing increases in cost to Randolph residents.

This inauguration was a great celebration of the achievements of the Town, showcasing Randolph’s commitment to its residents. Congratulations to all elected - the town and the Commonwealth look forward to each member’s impactful work!



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