Deputy City Manager Rossi Receives Good Scout Award
Cambridge Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi recently received the 2009 Good Scout Award from the Boston Minuteman Council Boy Scouts of America. Other honorees at the 26 Annual Cambridge Good Scout Luncheon included Dr. Carolyn L. Turk, Deputy Superintendent for Cambridge Public Schools and Enza Sambataro-Youkilis, Co-Founder & President of Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Enza, wife of Boston Red Sox player, Kevin Youkilis, was presented with the 2009 Lady Baden-Powell Award.
Richard C. Rossi is a graduate of Cambridge Public Schools, Salem State College, and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University. He has been employed by the City of Cambridge since 1971, serving as a Management Intern, Assistant to the Water Superintendent, Purchasing Agent, and as Deputy City Manager since 1981. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Rossi has also served as Acting Public Works Commissioner on several occasions and as Acting Director of the Water Department on one occasion.
As Deputy City Manager, Mr. Rossi reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the administration of all City departments. He is chairperson of the City’s Capital Improvement Budget Committee and oversees all of the City’s capital construction projects. Mr. Rossi has led many community processes involved in the planning, programming, siting and construction of public facilities. This work includes open space projects, public schools, municipal buildings and utility construction.
During the 1980’s, he served as Project Manager for the Danehy Park Project, which converted the City’s former 50-acre landfill into an award winning public park. During the last 1990’s and early 2000’s, he was responsible for the reconstruction of Payson Park Reservoir and the new Walter J. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility, the largest public building construction in the City’s history. Under Mr. Rossi’s direction, several major building construction projects have recently been completed, nearing completion, or newly under way. These include the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, the Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center, the West Cambridge Youth and Community Center, the Main Library Expansion Project, and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School renovation project. All of the recent and current projects are designed using U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building criteria.
Mr. Rossi is married to Jane Ellen (Gately) Rossi and has three children, Allison Goodwin of Belmont, Richard Rossi Jr. of Watertown and Jennie Rossi of Waltham. He is the proud grandfather of Jane Domenica Goodwin.