Members of the Board

The Middlesex County Retirement System is administered by a five-member Board.

Thomas F. Gibson – Chairman 

Tom became Chairman of the Middlesex County Retirement Board in 2004, after having served as its legal counsel. Tom maintains a law practice in Cambridge, specializing in public employee retirement law.

Tom is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, the Massachusetts Association of Public Pension Attorneys (Past President,) the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (Fellow and Life Member,) the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the Cambridge-Arlington-Belmont Bar Association (Past President.) Tom served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard from 1970-1976.


John Brown – Elected Member 

John Brown has been a member of the Middlesex County Retirement Board since 2007.  He retired from the Wilmington Fire Department in 2014 after 46 years of service.   He was the President of IAFF Local 1370 for 20 years, served on the Massachusetts Fire Training Council for 12 years and in 1999 was elected to the Executive Board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.

Since his retirement, John has returned to work with the PFFM as an Emeritus Officer and pension advisor, continues to ski with the National Ski Patrol, and is a volunteer with the New Hampshire Special Olympics. John was re-elected to the Middlesex County Retirement Board in November 2017. He currently serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement Systems.

John Brown - Elected Member

Brian P. Curtin – Advisory Council Member 

Brian has been the elected Treasurer/Collector of the Town of Burlington since 1977. In 1980, Brian was first elected to the Middlesex County Retirement Board by his fellow Treasurers on the Middlesex County Retirement Board Advisory Council.

Brian currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Middlesex County Retirement Board. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and is Past President of the Massachusetts Association of Collectors and Treasurers where he also served for 4 years as the Legislative Agent, and a member of the Executive Board for 13 years.

Brian is a Certified Pension Professional and a Massachusetts Registered Investment Advisor.

Brian P. Curtin - Elected Member

Robert W. Healy – Appointed Member 

Robert Healy was appointed to the Middlesex County Retirement Board in November 2013. Bob is a resident of Lowell and the former City Manager of the City of Cambridge, with over 43 years of experience in municipal administration, including local retirement systems.  Bob was educated at Harvard Kennedy School, MIT Sloan School of Management, UMass Lowell & Amherst. Bob served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1966-1972. Bob is a current member of the International City Management Association and Massachusetts Municipal Management Association and previously a member of Metro Mayors Association from 2000 – 2013.

Robert Healy

Joseph W. Kearns – Elected Member

Joseph Kearns has been a member of the Middlesex County Retirement Board since 2017. A resident of Billerica, Joe has been an active member of the Tewksbury Fire Department for over twenty-five years.  He spent three years as a dispatcher, more than twenty years as a firefighter/EMT and currently holds the rank of Fire Captain/EMT.

Joe has served on the Tewksbury Firefighters Local 1647 Executive Board since 1997. During his tenure, he served two years as Treasurer (1997-1999) and fourteen years as President (2001-2013 and 2017-2019). 

Joe is a graduate of Salem State College.  In addition to serving on the Executive Board, Joe is a current member and past co-chair of the Tewksbury Public Employees Committee (PEC).