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David M. Moore to Retire as City Solicitor

For Immediate Release: 12/4/2019 1:58 pm

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. has announced that David M. Moore will retire as City Solicitor after serving Worcester for 38 years. Moore’s retirement will be effective January 3, 2020.

Upon Moore’s retirement, Michael E. Traynor will return to the Law Department to fill the role of City Solicitor, while also acting as the Chief Development Officer until a replacement is appointed. The City will immediately begin the search for a new Chief Development Officer.

Moore came to Worcester in 1982 when he was appointed as Worcester’s first Parking Administrator. Three years later, he moved to the city’s Law Department where he was an Assistant City Solicitor for eight years, and was later named City Solicitor in 1993.

During his tenure, Moore has served the City as a key player in complex economic development projects, resolved challenging litigation cases, prepared special legislation and drafted countless contracts and ordinances. Moore has been a trusted advisor to City Managers, Mayors, City Councilors and Department Heads as the go-to City representative to depend on for confidential, reliable, guidance.

“David is a man of integrity and a true expert in municipal, state and local law and will be greatly missed,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “I am beyond appreciative to have worked alongside David for the past six years and I wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

In January 2014, Traynor stepped away from his 24-year tenure as the Deputy City Solicitor to serve as acting head of the city’s economic development efforts. In November 2014, he was appointed as the Chief Development Officer with the understanding that at the appropriate time, he would return to the Law Department.

“Mike is a very talented negotiator and like David, an expert in the field of municipal law. Over the past several years he has played an intricate role in major development efforts from the Downtown Theatre District to Gateway Park and most recently served as a key player in the negotiations for the Worcester Red Sox,” added Augustus. “We are extremely fortunate to have Mike step forward to lead these recent development efforts during the revitalization of our fine City and I look forward to his future success as our next City Solicitor.”

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