Colonel Philip McGovernCol. Philip McGovern

Arlington Town Manager Jim Feeney appointed Col. Philip McGovern as the town’s new veterans’ services director beginning Nov. 6.

As director, he is responsible for the daily operation of the Veterans’ Resource Center, which connects veterans and their families to financial and other available benefits. The director also coordinates community events.

“Arlington has a reputation of honoring its veterans,” said McGovern. “I look forward to carrying on its mission, meeting Arlington veterans and connecting people with the services and resources they need.”

“Colonel McGovern brings both military and civilian leadership to the role,” said Feeney. “His diverse experience as both an advocate and adviser will certainly be an asset to many Arlington veterans and their families.”

“We’re looking forward to Colonel McGovern joining the team,” said Colleen Leger, the town's director of health and human services. “He’s well poised to expand on the great work by our previous director, and I’m confident he’ll serve Arlington veterans well.”

McGovern has been a licensed attorney since 1991. In his career as a lawyer, he counseled many individuals on public rights and benefits. As an assistant attorney general for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, he investigated and prosecuted felony fraud crimes against vulnerable victims.

McGovern is also a former senior policy adviser to U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, focused on foreign policy, national defense and veterans' issues. During his time working in the Senate, he consistently pursued broadly inclusive constituent engagement and effective collaboration across partisan lines to get bills passed, the town news release said.

In his military career, McGovern rose through the ranks from private first class to colonel. He is a combat Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient who completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also held advisory roles at the Pentagon, United States Southern Command and the U.S. Department of State with a focus on Russia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The annual salary for this job is $79,367, according to Claire Roberts, assistant director of human resources.

McGovern holds a bachelor of arts in history and economics from Merrimack College, a doctor of law from Suffolk University and a master of law in international law and justice from Fordham University School of Law, where he received the Leitner Award for top program GPA.

McGovern's predecessor as veterans' services director was Jeffrey Chunglo, who served from 2014 until earlier this year.

This news announcement was published Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, based on information from Joan Roman and Claire Roberts of the Town of Arlington.