Marshfield: School Committee honors retiring collective bargaining attorney

The Marshfield School Committee honored the town’s long time collective bargaining attorney Tuesday night.

Attorney Bob Garrett is retiring after an amazing 37 years of service drawing up agreements between the school committee and teachers union.

School Committee member Marti Morrison had these kind words for Garrett.

“Bob, you will be missed. Your humor, your scholarship, your honesty – that twinkle in your eye when you’re about to render another story about one of your precious grandchildren – will all be missed. We’ll miss the extraordinarily low fees you charged us, out of gratitude for giving you a chance four decades ago. Many, who have benefited from your wisdom, do not even know your name. But those of us who have been privileged to know the special person and gentleman that you are will miss you”.

State Representative Jim Cantwell said he’s been impressed with Attorney Garrett since he was a student advisor at Marshfield High School.

“I recall the first night that I got to be a student advisor to the school committee and sitting at a meeting and this gentleman coming in. A very avuncular looking man and very bright – who started talking in tones about how they could work together and bridge a gap. I was high school student – I didn’t know the difference in collective bargaining – didn’t know all the particulars about how the teachers and administration were having differences. But this one person just had this great way about him to bring people together and say, together we’ll find solutions – we’ll work towards excellence here in Marshfield”, Cantwell said.

The school committee is considering Attorney James Toomey to fill the collective bargaining attorney position.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.