Rossi Appointed City Manager Effective July 1, 2013
During its Dec. 3 meeting, the Cambridge City Council voted to appoint Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi as City Manager beginning July 1, 2013, following the retirement of current City Manager Robert W. Healy on June 30, 2013. The appointment calls for a contract period of three years for Rossi, ending on June 30, 2016. Rossi will be the first new City Manager appointed by the City Council in over 30 years.
“Becoming City Manager is a dream come true for me,” said an emotional and elated Rossi Monday night as he thanked the City Council and related several stories of growing up in Cambridge, including one from an Eighth Grade Civics class discussion on city government. The one thing that perked Rossi up was hearing about the role of the City Manager and thinking how cool it would be to have the ability to run the whole city, never dreaming that some day he would actually have that opportunity. “To be able to do the job we do in the City, it takes a lot of time. And when you have a family that pats you on the back and says ‘we know you love doing this so go ahead,’ that’s important.” Rossi also acknowledged City Manager Robert W. Healy who created the opportunity for him to serve in his current position for over 30 years, and also thanked Healy for his guidance and continued support over the years. “I’m blessed; I’m a lucky man,” Rossi concluded his remarks, which were followed by a standing ovation.
"The city is so fortunate to have such an outstanding candidate to serve us," said Mayor Henrietta Davis. "With his combination of managerial skill, wisdom, and his love of Cambridge, Rich Rossi is the best person to take the helm as City Manager in July."
Backgrounder on Richard C. Rossi, Deputy City Manager
City of Cambridge, MA
Born and raised in Cambridge, 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 and has served as Deputy City Manager since 1981.
As Deputy City Manager, Mr. Rossi reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the administration of all City departments. Mr. Rossi’s leadership in the City of Cambridge has been marked by a strong commitment to delivering high quality services and responsiveness to residents, neighborhoods and businesses. He is chairperson of the City’s Capital Improvement Budget Committee and oversees all of the City’s major 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. Mr. Rossi also chairs the Community Preservation Act Committee that makes recommendations for funding for affordable housing, historic preservation and open space projects. Mr. Rossi has served on the Cambridge Tourism Board since its inception in July 1994.
Under Mr. Rossi’s direction, several significant buildings have been designed and constructed, including the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, the Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center, the Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center, the Main Library Expansion Project, and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School renovation project. 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 late 1990’s and early 2000’s, he was responsible for the reconstruction of Payson Park Reservoir and the Walter J. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility. Major projects currently under way include the Martin Luther King Jr. School Construction project and the 5 Western Ave. Renovation. The latter will house the Community Learning Center, the Multi-Service Center and the administrative offices of the Cambridge Housing Authority.
All recent building projects were designed using U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building criteria. The MLK School Project is being designed under the Net Zero energy efficiency protocol. Several of the projects have won numerous awards over the years, including the Library’s 2010 Harleston Parker Medal for “Single Most Beautiful Building” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years, from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA).
Mr. Rossi is married to Jane Ellen (Gately) Rossi and has three children, Allison Goodwin and her husband Jonathan of Belmont, Richard C. Rossi Jr. and his wife Dawn of Belmont, and Jennie Romiti and her husband Scott of Waltham. He is the proud grandfather of Jane and Addison Goodwin and Charlie Rossi.
Link to City Council Policy Order & Resolution Item #6 for more information.