The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week John “Okie” O’Connell


By Frank Santangelo 

Meet this week’s Special Person of the Week John “Okie” O’Connell.   

John is a thirty-two plus year veteran of the Somerville Department of Public Works’s Highway Department. 

His current job description at the DPW is Sanitation Inspector, but he’s currently filling in at the Highway Department as foreman while the sitting foreman is out on medical leave with knee surgery.  

John is also one of Somerville’s most experienced snow plow drivers who takes his job and responsibilities very seriously and always makes sure that it is done correctly. 

During snow storms in the Ville, he’s usually very thorough and depended upon to keep his areas especially Broadway to be plowed to the pavement from Boston to the Arlington line for the safety of the public.

John is an avid golfer and apprentice pool shark who’s aways happy go lucky, just ask his crew!

He’s always one of the first in line to lend a helping hand when it comes to assisting a fellow Somervillian in need.  

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place. 


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