SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 19, 2013

City to pay tribute to former mayor

BY TOM DALTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — Former Mayor Jean Levesque will be honored Sunday at the Moose Family Center.

Mayor Kim Driscoll and three former mayors — Stanley Usovicz, Neil Harrington and Tony Salvo — are scheduled to speak along with Congressman John Tierney and state Sen. Joan Lovely.

Other local dignitaries on the program include City Council President Jerry Ryan, police Chief Paul Tucker and former Chief Robert St. Pierre.

“Jean Levesque is an amazing man and served our city honorably during his tenure as city councilor and mayor,” Driscoll said in a statement. “This tribute is well-deserved.”

A councilor from 1970-73, Levesque was elected council president in 1973.

Three months into his term, he became acting mayor when Mayor Samuel Zoll was named a judge.

Levesque, 88, served as mayor from 1973-83, overseeing downtown urban renewal, the redevelopment of Pickering Wharf and the opening of a new Salem High School.

The tribute is from 1-3 p.m. at the 50 Grove St. lodge. The public is invited.