After six years as Jamaica Plain's Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Jullieanne Doherty is moving onto another position within City Hall, and wrote a special farewell message to JP.
Doherty is being replaced by Alexandra Valdez, who will remain the city's Latino Liaison.
Below is Doherty's goodbye letter to Jamaica Plain residents:
Dearest neighbors of Jamaica Plain,
It has been my absolute pleasure serving as Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator for the past six years for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. From attending community meetings about local issues to helping new small businesses open, I have come to learn a lot about the workings of the City of Boston and all that government does to improve our daily lives. I have also learned a great deal from the many residents and activists who put in tireless hours engaging in our government to improve our beloved neighborhood, and throughout the city.
I look forward to continuing the important work of civic engagement and community outreach under the outstanding leadership of Mayor Walsh, Chief Jerome Smith, and the amazing hardworking team of the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Cabinet as I begin to take on a new role and challenge. I look forward to continuing my work with Mayor Walsh and the employees of the City of Boston to better serve constituents, engage Bostonians, and improve access to their government. I have learned a tremendous amount from all of you about the importance of advocacy and diversity which is a core strength of our Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Working in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services has been a great joy and daily I am reminded the wise words of the great Martin Luther King Jr. “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
I am so excited to welcome my colleague, Alexandra Valdez, with her wealth of knowledge to this role as your Neighborhood Coordinator. How wonderful to know she loves the neighborhood as much as I do, and will do great things as she takes on this new challenge. Thank you all for the time we’ve spent improving our community together under Mayor Walsh’s support and leadership, and I hope to see you around the neighborhood!