Joseph Sullivan, Braintree's first mayor, was elected the president of the Massachusetts Mayor's Association last week.
Sullivan is currently serving his second four-year term as Braintree's top elected official. He was elected last year as the group's first vice president.
“Mayor Sullivan is recognized by his fellow mayors and local officials as a remarkable leader in his community and across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Municipal Association Executive Director Geoffrey C. Beckwith said in a statement.
“The mayors of our state have asked him to serve as their President to advance the needs of our cities and towns, and we are very pleased that he has accepted this key post."
The election happened during the annual meeting of the MMA, held in Boston on Jan. 25 and 26. The mayor's association meets throughout the year to "discuss and strategize on major issues facing cities and towns, including local aid, transportation, education, economic development and job creation," according to an MMA press release.
Sullivan will continue to serve as a member of the MMA Board of Directors, which he joined two years ago.
“No city or town can go it alone, which is why we are all working together on critical issues," Sullivan said. "This year the debate will center on winning powerful investments in transportation, education and local aid to grow our economy, create jobs and build a strong recovery.
"We are committed to working with the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Legislature to forge a true partnership between the state and our cities and towns, so we can create a vibrant future for Massachusetts and every community. I appreciate the vote of confidence from my fellow mayors and I look forward to continuing my work with them and with the MMA in this new leadership role.”
Sullivan will also continue to serve on the statewide Local Government Advisory Commission, which meets regularly with the governor and lieutenant governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns.