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For The First Time 46 Years, Tewksbury Has New Town Counsel

Jul 16, 2014 03:15PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Atty. Charles Zaroulis accepts a citation of appreciation from Todd Johnson, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

In July 1968, , the nation was still reeling from the murders of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan was called “governor” and Neil Armstrong was still trying to come up with a decent catch phrase for his big trip.

That same summer, a young lawyer named Charles Zaroulis signed on to be Town Counsel for Tewksbury. Last night, after 46 years, Zaroulis sat in on his final Tewksbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting.

"We, in this town, have been blessed for 46 years, to have the service and the professionalism of Charles Zaroulis," said Todd Johnson, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and an attorney himself. "In all the areas we have to deal with, you've done an exceptional job, Charles."

Johnson also read and presented Zaroulis with a citation of appreciation on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the Town of Tewksbury. During his years as Town Counsel, Zaroulis has participated in more than 4,500 Selectmen's meetings and around 100 Annual Town Meetings/Special Town Meetings.

"My job has become much easier in the past several years, because the board has become so professional in the way it conducts itself," said Zaroulis. "I don't take compliments very easily. I become very embarassed. But I do appreciate those kind words."

Zaroulis has a private law office in Tewksbury and is assisted by his wife, Jackie. Town Manager Richard Montuori said she also deserved praise and thanks from the town for all the work she has done over the years.

Zaroulis will not be retiring. He will still be involved in the legal affairs of town in the newly created role of Senior Town Counsel. But the lion’s share of the legal leg work will fall to newly appointed Town Counsel Kevin Feeley, who has been serving as the town’s labor counsel. Montuori pointed out that two attorneys sharing the workload will have no impact on the town's legal expenses.

After appointing Zaroulis and Feeley to their new positions, Johnson took a moment to appreciate the historic significance of the moment.

"What we have just done is something that has almost not been done in my lifetime," he remarked.

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