2019 Thomas M. Kane Irishman of the Year

Congratulations to Jim Rood on being named the 2019 Irishman of the Year.  

Jim is a lifelong resident of Westfield, the grandson of Irish immigrants Michael Moran and Ellen Lucy from County Kerry.  He  graduated from St Mary's and Westfield State University. Jim has been happily married to Maryjo for 42 years and they are the proud parents of three boys Sean, Patrick and Liam.  Jim and Maryjo can always be counted on at outdoor clean up days and the Meadow Street gardening.

Jim is now retired from the City of Westfield after 38 years of service.  He had the honor to be president of the Labor union (AFSCME) in the late seventies and for the last 25 years was Comptroller for the Westfield Gas &Electric Department.  While at the WG&E Jim helped create a captive insurance company (PUMICRRG) and a risk management association (PURMA). The organizations provide liability insurance at lower than commercial market cost for the WG&E and now more than 70 other municipal utilities across New England and New York.

Jim is a lifetime member of the SOE where he enjoys the friendships and laughter on a frequent  basis.