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Worcester Fire Chief Gardell announces retirement
Worcester Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell will retire from the department at the end of January, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced in a statement.
Gardell was appointed fire chief in the summer of 2015. At the time, he informed Augustus he planned to stay 12 to 18 months.
The city will follow the state Civil Service process in selecting a new fire chief. Internal candidates for the position have already taken a written exam and gone through an assessment center evaluation. The Civil Service Commission has the results of those evaluations, and is expected to provide the city with a list of candidates this month.
Gardell, of the Great Brook Valley and lower Vernon Hill neighborhoods, has been with the department since 1984. He has served in a variety of roles, including on the SCUBA team and the tech rescue team. While serving as captain of Heavy Rescue 1, Gardell was one of three firefighters named Massachusetts Firefighters of the Year for their efforts in a heroic rescue.
“Chief Gardell is a longtime servant of the people of Worcester and the Worcester Fire Department, and I want to thank him for his decades of dedication to this community,” Augustus said.
“I’m proud to have been able to work with the Chief on a number of important safety and deferred maintenance issues, to provide the Worcester Fire Department with the support and equipment they need to keep us safe.”
Before becoming chief, Gardell was a deputy chief in charge of administration and support. He also served as the department’s public information officer, handling news inquiries and communicating vital information to the public.
“It’s been my honor and privilege to lead the men and women of the Worcester fire department and to serve the citizens of the city of Worcester for 33 years in my many roles leading up to and including Chief,” Gardell said.
Clark announces master of science in business analytics degree
Clark University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is offering a new Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program to prepare graduates for the growing fields of data analysis and big data.
Business analytics play a key role in developing business strategies and solving challenges in every sector – public, private, or non-profit, and in nearly every industry, public and nonprofit sectors. GSOM’s program will integrate statistical and modeling skills, hands-on applications of state-of-the-art computation technologies, business knowledge, and real world projects and cases to help students synthesize data into powerful information to inform decision making. Graduates will know how to turn data into something meaningful, and communicate to business leaders in terms of what it means, why they should care, and what they should do about it.
“The creation of the MSBA program was driven by industry and market demands,” said GSOM Dean Catherine Usoff. “The curriculum is designed to provide students specialized skills in data analysis, while also building the soft skills that all employers value, including critical thinking, collaboration skills and effective communication capabilities.”
WPD to hold Civilian Police Academy
The Worcester Police Department will once again host its Civilian Police Academy. The program will run 6-9 p.m. Thursdays March 30-May 25 at the Worcester Police Department, 9-11 Lincoln Square. The May 18 class will be held at Boylston Police Academy, 221 Main Street, Boylston.
If interested please complete an application and return it to the Worcester Police Department Training Division on or before March 3. Applicants’ records will be checked to ensure suitability for this program. Those accepted will be notified.
Click here to download the application
Sen. Moore seeks suggestions for State House display
Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, is pleased to announce an opportunity to showcase the unique cultural and artistic identity of the Second Worcester District. Moore is seeking one item that will be featured in a display case at the Massachusetts State House to represent the district.
The theme of the display celebrates Massachusetts’ creative economy. Items that are three dimensional and are visually artistic or creative, and are representative of the local community, are appropriate. The item must not be perishable, and should be no more than 18 inches tall.
Viable suggestions may include hand blown glass, a sculpture, jewelry, a creative item from recycled materials, a miniature painting, a small musical instrument, folk art, photograph, an ornament, stained glass, scrimshaw, pottery, etc.