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McNaught named Malden City Solicitor, Desiderio new City Clerk in unanimous City Council votes

John McNaughht
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  The new year often brings change and so it was on the Malden City Hall front as the City Council filled two key department head positions with well-known names.

    Longtime Assistant City Solicitor and local Attorney John McNaught was appointed as Malden’s new City Solicitor and Carol Ann Desiderio, who has served as Assistant City Clerk for many years, was appointed as City Clerk— both in unanimous Malden City Council votes in recent meetings.

    Attorney McNaught was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former City Solicitor Kathryn Fallon, who departed in August to take a similar position in Wakefield after 15 years at the head of the Malden Law Department.

    McNaught was appointed to fill her unexpired term, which runs until January 1, 2025 by a 10-0 Council vote.

    He had been serving as interim City Solicitor since Fallon’s departure in August.

      Desiderio, who has served as Assistant City Clerk for over 10 years, was also appointed as City Clerk by a unanimous Council vote at a recent meeting.

     She began her full-time duties, replacing outgoing City Clerk Greg Lucey, at her first official City Council meeting this week on Tuesday evening.

     Lucey had been Malden’s City Clerk for the past three years and announced his retirement at the end of the 2022 calendar year earlier this fall. He had served about 20 years in municipal positions overall, including past posts as School Committee member, on the City Council for many years and in the City Treasurer’s Office in past years.

    Vice Chairperson of the Council’s Personnel and Appointments Committee, Ward 3’s Amanda Linehan, introduced Attorney McNaught as the finalist at the Council meeting, explaining that there two final candidates and McNaught was the best choice.

    McNaught appeared at the meeting and gave his background, noting he had been married 55 years and had two children in their 50s. He had started his professional career in another field, before becoming a practicing attorney for 47 years, also previously serving Melrose City Solicitor before coming to Malden nine and a half years ago and serving with former Solicitor Fallon.

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Carol Ann Desiderio
City Clerk
John McNaughht
John McNaught
City Solicitor

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