DATE: February 22, 2013
Governor Appoints Comeau
George T. Comeau, Esq. of Canton has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
“I am grateful to the Governor for the opportunity to continue in the service of public libraries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I remain dedicated to furthering the mission and promise of our amazing system of libraries and look forward to committing energy and resources in furtherance of these institutions,” said Comeau.
This is the second appointment for Comeau, who was first appointed to the MBLC by Governor Mitt Romney in 2004 and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. He served as MBLC Chair during FY2009 and FY2010 before finishing his service in May, 2012. “It is wonderful to return to a Commission that has an active role in supporting, promoting and improving the vital services of public libraries in Massachusetts,” he said.
Commissioner Comeau is the Director of Digital and Interactive Communications at Suffolk University in Boston. He also maintains a private law practice in Canton. He is currently a Trustee of the Canton Public Library, a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Advisory Board, the Canton Historical Commission as well as a Vice President of the Canton Historical Society. He has both a BS and a MPA from Suffolk University, as well as his JD from Suffolk University Law School. Commissioner Comeau is a featured columnist for the Canton Citizen and focuses on Canton's local history.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.