At the beginning of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Robert Malley was presented with the Ralph T. Gould Award by Chair Valerie Adams on behalf of the Town Council. This annual award, established in 1986, was named for the late Ralph Gould to recognize his community service and subsequently to recognize those who provide community service in the same spirit as Ralph Gould.
Malley retired as the Director of Public Works this past summer after more than forty years working for the town of Cape Elizabeth [article]. Upon hearing of Malley’s nomination, Town Manager Matt Sturgis stated that “Bob meets and exceeds the definition of this award as a friend and as an employee.”
Among Malley’s long list of accomplishments, Adams highlighted the construction of the public works building, the upgrade to the transfer station, and his longterm legacy with Fort Williams. Malley, who was present via Zoom video conferencing, was not aware that he would be given this award. Malley thanked the Town Council for the recognition and shared that he was honored to be among the list of other recipients. “I am proud of my service to the community and proud of what public works does in the community. It is more than just plowing roads and sweeping streets and the staff pulls it all off.”