Research_Bureau_293_362_90Mr. James (“Jim”) Beauregard, a skilled craftsman/foreman in Auburn’s Department of Public Works, has been selected by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau to receive the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award. Five municipal employees have been selected for this distinguished award; in addition to Jim, an employee in Holden and three in Worcester have been selected by the Review Committee to receive the award.

As stated on the Research Bureau’s web site, “Since 1988, The Research Bureau has also celebrated the unsung heroes of public service. The Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards highlight those municipal employees that provide outstanding and exemplary contributions to government and the community. This prestigious award is open to all municipal employees in the Greater Worcester region, except department or division heads. Nominees for the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards must illustrate:

• Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities;
• Enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty;
• Cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees; and
• Community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities”.

Town administration nominated Jim for the award, through DPW Director Bill Coyle, based on his work ethic, his professionalism, his positive attitude, and his fortitude in returning to work after his life-threatening injury as a result of being drawn into the wood chipper while working in 2011. Jim always goes above and beyond his basic duties and is dedicated to, and takes great pride in, his work. Jim has worked for the Town of Auburn for over 20 years and has worked tirelessly as the foreman of the Facility Management Unit within the DPW since its inception in 2012. Jim’s expertise and talent is evident in the quality of the numerous municipal facility projects that he has completed. His efforts and knowledge are appreciated throughout the Town as each department has benefited from his skills and work ethic while Auburn’s residents benefit from the results of his labors in our public buildings and parks.

We are proud that Jim was selected from the field of nominations throughout the Worcester region. Jim is very deserving of this special honor. We thank the Review Committee and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau for honoring and recognizing exceptional public employees.

This year’s winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. at Assumption College. The event is free and open to the public.