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Hoey Cuts Short New Run with Lowell DPW’s Parks Division

December 14, 2018

LOWELL -- A city job in his hometown apparently wasn’t all that it cracked up to be for Brian Hoey.

He lasted less than a week as Lowell’s new superintendent of parks in the Department of Public Works Parks Division before resigning last week.

This abrupt departure comes as Lowell’s DPW Commissioner James Donison prepares to leave the city after less than a year on the job.

For the last 20 years, Hoey has been Rep. David Nangle’s chief of staff. Hoey, who has a landscaping/plowing business, Brian Hoey & Sons Landscaping, tried making a transition to city work but it didn’t work out.

He decided to leave the parks division after his first week on the job -- Dec. 3 to Dec. 7.

“It was short lived unfortunately,” Hoey, 51, said Wednesday. “I was optimistic it’d be a good fit for me, but I realized pretty quickly it wasn’t the job for me.”

Hoey said he’ll be heading back to Nangle’s office.

“It’s a job I’ve always enjoyed, helping out the people in this area,” Hoey said.

City Manager Eileen Donoghue confirmed the departure on Tuesday.

“I think he just felt it wasn’t a good fit, and it made sense to depart sooner rather than later,” Donoghue said.

Stephen Benoit, deputy commissioner of streets, has been named the interim superintendent of parks.

Hoey was the city’s second choice for the position; the job was originally offered to someone else.

Officials had high hopes for Hoey as the superintendent of parks.

“He’s someone with a lot of experience in the private sector with landscaping and plowing,” Donoghue said when Hoey was hired a couple weeks ago. “He knows the city very well, and I think he’ll do a great job.”

Now it’s back to the drawing board for the city, as they look for the next superintendent of parks and a new DPW commissioner.

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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