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Mayor Walsh Announces New Commissioner of Property and Construction Management

December 4, 2015

Property and Construction Management

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Property Management

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that John Hanlon has been appointed Commissioner of the Property and Construction Management Department for the City of Boston. Hanlon, a Dorchester resident, brings over 13 years of nonprofit executive experience in management, budgeting, financial reporting, data analysis and professional development to his new position.

"John brings an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to his new role as Commissioner," said Mayor Walsh. "I am excited to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him to improve our buildings and public facilities to ensure that we are delivering the very best city services to the people of Boston. John's career in management and his local roots here in Boston's neighborhoods and nonprofit community make him well-qualified to take the helm of Boston's Property Management Department. I'm confident that under his leadership, all of our public facilities will be the well-maintained, clean and safe public spaces that our residents deserve."   

In his role as Commissioner, Hanlon will serve in the Operations Cabinet and will provide leadership in the management, maintenance, repair, security, and operations of Boston City Hall and City Hall Plaza, Faneuil Hall and many other municipal facilities city-wide. The department will focus on preserving and protecting the city's assets in a way that positively impacts the delivery of service and quality of life for Boston residents and employees.    

Prior to accepting the role of Commissioner, Hanlon served as the Chief Operating Officer for Scholar Athletes, Inc., a nonprofit agency dedicated to ensuring high school athletes have the tools necessary to achieve success academically as well as athletically.  He also served as a consultant at FSG, Inc. advising clients across sectors, including foundations, corporations, and educational entities, as well as the Executive Director for the Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program (Project D.E.E.P.), focused on mentoring services for middle school youth.  

"In countless ways, the good people in Property Management serve as the unseen guardians of so many positive elements of life within our great city, and I am humbled to work with them as the new Commissioner," said Hanlon. "I look forward to leading the department into a new era of innovation and excellence for Boston City Hall, the plaza and all of our public facilities."  

Hanlon holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from The College of Communication at Boston University.  He is also a graduate of Boston Latin School.  He currently resides in Dorchester with his wife Caroline and their four children Sydney, Jackie, Mallory, and Maggie.