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About Mayor McGlynn

Biographical Information

Michael J. McGlynn

One Mammola Way, Medford, Massachusetts 02155

(W) 781-393-2409


Date of Birth: April 23, 1953

Marital Status:
Married to the former Sheila Halmkin, and they have three children: Kathleen and Bill Brady, Jennifer and Aaron Belanger, and Amanda, and one grandchild: Cameron Belanger


Arlington Catholic High School- 1971

University of Mass/Boston
Bachelor’s Degree- Political Science/History- 1976

St. Anselm’s College, New Hampshire

Professional Work Experience

Mayor, City of Medford – January 1988 to present

State Representative – 1977-1988
Represented the 37th Middlesex District (Medford/Malden)


  • Developed the City’s Linkage Program, which generates hundreds of thousands of dollars from private developers for city services.
  • Has rebuilt all of the City’s parks, fire stations, neighborhoods & infrastructure, as part of a multi-million dollar Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Chaired the initiative to build all new Elementary and Middle Schools in Medford, which was completed in 2003. Previously, all Medford elementary & middle schools were 80 years old and older. This $110,000,000 project was the city’s largest building project to date.
  • Appointed by Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift to serve as a member of the Advisory Commission on Local Government.
  • Served as President of the Massachusetts Mayors Association.
  • Served as President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
  • Serves as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Commission.
  • Serves as Chairperson of the Mystic Valley Development Commission, which is in the process of developing a mixed use development of residential, office and open space areas, called Rivers Edge.
  • Chaired the initiative to bring the first ever Boys & Girls Club to the City of Medford.
  • Under his leadership, Medford has been selected a “Tree City USA” since 1999.
  • Is a member of the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities, and serves as a member of the First Tier Suburbs Committee, as well as, a member of the Finance Committee.
  • Is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors.
  • 2004 – Co-chaired Medford’s Jingle Bell Committee’s Caroling Festival which led to the City of Medford, Massachusetts, being listed as the largest group of carol singers in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Appointed to serve as a member of the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee


  • Selected an “Outstanding Young Leader” – Boston Jaycees.
  • Chosen to receive the National Mayor’s Medal for Leadership for the Medford Saving Lives Traffic Safety Program, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • Selected “Man of the Year” by the State Department of the American Legion for all of his work on behalf of veterans and veteran affairs.
  • Selected “Man of the Year” by the Greater Lynn Mental Health & Retardation Center, for all his work on behalf of those who are mentally challenged.
  • Selected “Man of the Year” by Temple Shalom, Medford.
  • Led Medford to (3) consecutive wins for the “Kenneth M. Pickard Award” for innovation in municipal government, from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
  • 1997 – Accepted the National First Place Award from the National Organization on Disability & United Parcel Service, for Medford’s outstanding work in the area of disability issues and programs.
  • 1998 – Accepted a record 4th “Kenneth M. Pickard Award” for innovation in municipal government for the “Disability Friendly Business Program” from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
  • 1998 – Accepted the United States Conference of Mayor’s & Waste Management’s “City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award” for nationwide innovation in disability issues and programs.
  • 1998 – Accepted the “New England Business Award” from the New England ADA Technical Assistance Center, for Medford’s leadership role in disability and business related issues.
  • 1998 – Accepted the Governor’s Award for Open Space Preservation.
  • 1998 – Was selected the recipient for the “Israel Freedom Award” from Israel Bonds.
  • 2000 – Was inducted into the Arlington Catholic High School Hall of Fame.
  • 2002 – Was named “Municipal Official of the Year” by the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers.
  • 2004 – Was selected to receive the “Affordable Housing Award” from the Tri-City Family Housing, Inc. for his commitment to affordable housing.
  • 2004 – Was selected “Elected Official of the Year” by the Pipefitters Local #537
  • 2004 – Received a “Special Recognition Award” by the Painters Local #35.
  • 2005 – Received “Outstanding Leadership Award” by Tri City Mental Health Center.
  • 2006 – Accepted “Smart Growth Award” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the City of Medford’s Station Landing project.
  • 2008 – Received “Pinnacle Award” from Pope John High School.
  • 2008 – Accepted award from Boston Society of Landscape Architects, for the park at Rivers Edge.
  • 2008 – Accepted the “James D. P. Farrell Award” for Brownfields Project of the Year, presented by the Environmental Business Council of New England, presented to Preotle, Lane and Associates and the Mystic Valley Development Commission.