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Long-Time New Bedford DPF Commissioner Larry Worden Retires

A long-time City employee has quietly stepped down from his position.

Larry Worden retired as Commissioner of the Department of Public Facilities on February 1, marking 38-years as a municipal employee.Worden began as an engineer, and was eventually appointed Commissioner by Mayor John Bullard in 1989.

Worden tells WBSM News he’s had a very positive experience during his tenure.

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Worden has overseen the rejuvination of Fort Taber Park, the renovation of the Buttonwood Park Zoo, and most recently, the rehabilitation of the Andrea McCoy Rec Center on Hillman Street.

Worden says with a son set to graduate from UMass Dartmouth, and a daughter just starting up her own business, he wants to spend more time with his family and relax.

Mayor Jon mitchell has asked the City Council to approve a motion to name the central garage at City Yard after Worden. That motion has been referred to the Council’s Committee on Memorials and Dedications.

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