Gary Christenson

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Gary Christenson
Mayor of Malden
Assumed office
January 2, 2012
Preceded by Richard C. Howard
President of the Malden City Council
In office
2008 - December 2011
Malden City Councillor of Ward 1
In office
January 2004 - December 2011
Budget Director for Middlesex County Sheriff's Office
In office
January 1998 - January 2011
Personal details
Born Gary Christenson
Malden, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Suffolk University
Suffolk Business School
Suffolk University Law School

Gary Christenson is the mayor of Malden, Massachusetts.


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.[1][2][3]

Political career[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

School Committee

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

City Council[edit]

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.[1][2]


Gary Christenson was elected mayor of Malden in 2011 and took office on January 2, 2012.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c "About Gary". Christenson for Mayor. Christenson for Mayor. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Gary Christenson". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet the Candidate: Gary Christenson". Wicked Local: Malden. Wicked Local. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gary Christenson takes the reins of mayor at city's inauguration ceremony on Monday". Malden News. The Malden Advocate. Retrieved 1 May 2012.