|Mayor of Malden|
January 2, 2012
|Preceded by||Richard C. Howard|
|President of the Malden City Council|
2008 - December 2011
|Malden City Councillor of Ward 1|
January 2004 - December 2011
|Budget Director for Middlesex County Sheriff's Office|
January 1998 - January 2011
|Alma mater||Suffolk University
Suffolk Business School
Suffolk University Law School
Gary Christenson is a triple alumnus of Suffolk University. He has received a Bachelor's degree in political science and business management in 1990 and a Masters Degree in public administration in 1992. In 2003, Gary received his Juris Doctorate from the Suffolk University Law School.
Gary's political career began with him working for the Massachusetts House Ways and Means committee from 1994-1997. Reporting to Tom Finneran (who later in his career was found guilty of using his influence unjustly) he was a budget analyst, revenue director, and special assistant. He then worked at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office where he assumed the role of budget director from 1998 to 2011. He managed a $60 million annual budget during his tenure. He also worked with other Sheriff's Office managers to ensure the efficient operation of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge and Middlesex House of Correction in Billerica.
Gary Christenson was appointed to the Malden School Committee by then Mayor Richard Howard, the man he would eventually replace as Mayor of Malden.
Gary was encouraged to join the school committee by his mentor, James DiPaola, a Malden resident, former head of the Middlesex County's Sheriff Department, where Gary had worked for him. DiPaola would later commit suicide as he was being investigated for ethics violations
Gary Christenson served as a city councillor of Ward 1 in Malden for seven years after taking office in January 2004. In 2006, he was elevated to Chairman of the Finance Committee and in 2008 he was voted unanimously by his peers as City Council President.
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