Meet Brendan

About Brendan

Originally elected in 2021, Brendan has been serving Beverly as one of it’s three At-Large City Councilors since January 2022. Brendan knows what it takes to run a city or town from firsthand experience; he currently works in municipal management as the Assistant Town Administrator/Finance Director for the Town of Boxford. There, he serves as a senior member of the Town’s management team; he’s responsible for negotiations with public sector unions and developing the Town’s multi-million-dollar annual operating
budget and capital improvement plan. Previously, Brendan spent four years working in the Baker administration in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

Brendan Sweeney

Born in Beverly, Brendan is a North Shore native whose family relocated to upstate New York and south of Boston before finally settling in nearby Ipswich, where he graduated from Ipswich High School. He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Gordon College with dual majors in Political Science and Business Administration. At Gordon, Brendan honed his leadership abilities through several extracurricular activities, including as captain of the varsity men’s lacrosse team. Looking to further his education, he went on to attain a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University, which he completed while working full-time in state government.

Brendan first began his career in public service as an intern in the state legislature, which solidified his desire to serve in government. His first foray into local government was interning for the Town Administrator in Wenham, which led to a full-time position in Reading, Massachusetts, where he worked directly for the Town Manager. Through these experiences he saw firsthand the impact that local government can have on its citizens and the important role that the essential services of local government – quality public education, the provision of clean water, paved and plowed streets, among others – play in their day-to-day lives.

Brendan with former Gov Charlie Baker

From 2018 – 2022, Brendan worked at the state level in the Commonwealth’s executive financial management office. He began his tenure as a budget analyst, working to craft the education, economic development, and housing portions of the Commonwealth’s multi-billion-dollar annual operating budget, as well as its separate five-year capital improvement plan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was given the opportunity to serve in an emergency division dedicated to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. In this role, Brendan worked directly with the mayors, town managers, and finance officials of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns to administer multi-million-dollar streams of federal COVID-19 relief funding, which ensured that local officials had the resources that they needed to successfully implement COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives.

In 2022, Brendan returned to municipal government full-time and currently serves as the Town of Boxford’s Assistant Town Administrator/Finance Director. There, Brendan is responsible for developing the Town’s nearly $40-million annual operating budget and five-year capital improvement plan. As a member of the Town’s senior management team, Brendan participates in negotiations with all of the Town’s public sector unions and has conducted a number of high-profile procurements, including leading the Town’s negotiations on a new curbside trash collection contract.

Brendan and Sydney ringing bells for the salvation army

In addition to his work on the City Council, Brendan is an active volunteer within the Beverly community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Beverly, which works to support underprivileged children in Beverly and across the North Shore. On a statewide level, Brendan is a leader among his peers in advocating for the needs of cities and towns on Beacon Hill. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and sits on a variety of committees dealing with statewide legislative issues. Previously, Brendan chaired Beverly’s Cable Television Advisory Committee and served as a member of the City’s Planning Board.

Brendan and his wife, Sydney – a third-grade teacher – are Ward 2 residents who enjoy walking from their house downtown to Lynch Park, Independence Park, Dane Street Beach, and the many local restaurants and coffee shops in Beverly. Brendan is an avid New England sports fan who, in addition to spending time with family, enjoys playing golf, tennis, and softball in his spare time.

Sweeney Family