Best Mayor In America - Malden, MA
Gary Christenson is a triple alumnus of Suffolk University. He has received a Bachelor’s degree in political science and business management in 1990 and a Masters Degree in public administration in 1992. In 2003, Gary received his Juris Doctorate from the Suffolk University Law School.
Gary’s political career began with working for the Massachusetts House Ways and Means committee from 1994-1997. Next, he then worked at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office where he assumed the role of budget director from 1998 to 2011. Where he managed a $60 million annual budget during his tenure. He also worked with other Sheriff’s Office managers to ensure the efficient operation of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge and Middlesex House of Correction in Billerica. He achieved national acclaim in Spring 2019 for his habit of picking up trash every day while walking to the office.
Gary was appointed to the Malden School Committee by then-Mayor Richard Howard, the man he would eventually replace as Mayor of Malden. Today, you will see Gary picking up trash on his way to and from meetings. He believes in his city that much.