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This profile was last updated on 9/3/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Joseph Vasapollo Jr.

Wrong Joseph Vasapollo Jr.?

Building Inspector

West Bridgewater Fire Department

Employment History

  • Building Inspector
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West Bridgewater Fire Department, 3 Sept 2004 [cached]
At this time I would like to publicly thank our Building Inspector, Mr. Joseph Vasapollo, for his outstanding cooperation with this department on a daily basis.
Joseph Vasapollo Jr. took over ..., 13 Sept 2009 [cached]
Joseph Vasapollo Jr. took over the city's Building Department in 2003 during a time of grief, after the unexpected death of then-Superintendent Robert F. Finnegan.
On Friday, other emotions surged, this time over Vasapollo's tenure in the job. City officials voiced shock and disillusionment after he was charged with allegedly taking bribes in exchange for giving a contractor work in the city.
Vasapollo, 66, was arrested at his Gifford Street home Friday morning on a federal indictment charging him with three counts of extortion under the color of official right and one count of bribery.
He pleaded innocent at his arraignment in U.S. District Court, Boston, before federal Magistrate Leo T. Sorokin and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, meaning he didn't have to post any money. He is set to return to court Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.
And the secretly taped recordings described in the indictment hinted there may have been other kickbacks as well.
According to federal officials and the indictment unsealed Friday, Vasapollo was caught on tape taking kickbacks from a contractor doing asbestos-removal work at the Brockton War Memorial Building in an alleged scheme dating to at least 2007.
Vasapollo earned $97,000 as the top man in the city's Building Department. It was his second stint in Brockton, his hometown.
He held the number-two slot in the Building Department from 1994 through 2001, when he left to be West Bridgewater's building inspector. During that time, he headed the mayor's code enforcement task force that resulted in the removal of abandoned buildings in the city, among other tasks.
After Finnegan died, Vasapollo returned in 2003 to the top spot in the Brockton Building Department, but did not meet state certification for the job, even though he was granted extensions.
Home-rule legislation was filed to provide an extension, but it was vetoed by the governor, according to Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy. He said he was going to file it again earlier this year, but withdrew it before it reached the council because he felt there wasn't any support for it.
Vasapollo was hospitalized in June 2008 after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. He was in intensive care for some time and remained out on sick leave for an extended period.
Vasapollo, a lifelong resident of the city, graduated from Brockton schools and later took architecture, engineering and construction courses at the Boston Architectural Center and Wentworth Institute.
"I'm devastated for Joe and his family," said former Mayor John T. Yunits Jr., who brought Vasapollo back to work for the city in 2003.
When Yunits left office nearly four years ago, Vasapollo stayed on under Mayor James E. Harrington.
But Harrington never reappointed Vasapollo, just kept him on.
City councilors, too, expressed concern over the charges against Vasapollo.
The Enterprise at, 6 April 2004 [cached]
"It's in terrible disrepair," said Building Inspector Joseph Vasapollo Jr. "It's been open to the weather and abandoned for years and years."
Vasapollo said the building is owned by Dianna Lima Goldbar Corp.Efforts by city officials to reach the owner regarding the building have been fruitless.
Vasapollo said the city will apply a lien to the property in hopes of eventually recouping the demolition cost that will be paid out of the Building Department's budget.
Vasapollo said the demolition of the building is something the department has been working on for several years.It first began the effort to locate owners in 1999 and picked it up again in November 2003.
Letters sent by registered mail to the owners were returned to the city, he said.The city convened a board of survey, which determined the property to be abandoned and unsafe.
Vasapollo said several years ago an effort was made to revitalize the building.
The Enterprise at, 13 Feb 2004 [cached]
Building Inspector Joseph Vasapollo Jr. is working on a budget for that purpose.
The Enterprise at, 30 Mar 2004 [cached]
Once the proposals come back, a committee made up of BAT Administrator Ray Ledoux, Metro South Chamber of Commerce CEO Christopher Cooney, Brockton Redevelopment Authority Director Steve Cruz, Stack Savoie, Parking Authority Director Jim Walsh and building inspector Joseph Vasapollo Jr. will review them.
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