After a one-year leave of absence, Bruce M. Mogardo is back at the helm of the Falmouth Beach Department.

ā€œIā€™m happy to be back and dig into getting the beaches ready for the summer,ā€ he said.

The 73-year-old is working part time as he works his way back to a full-time role and is splitting the duties with Maggie Clayton, who was acting beach superintendent in his absence. For now, they are sharing the title of beach superintendent, or co-beach superintendents. Ms. Clayton had worked under Mr. Mogardo for years, he said.

He acknowledged her work in keeping the department running in his stead and said he was happy to be back.

This year marks 50 years for him with the department and his tenure there is unmatched. He was hired as a lifeguard in 1963, and has since held several of positions within the department. He was beach superintendent from 1970 to 1973, as well as director of beach maintenance from 1980 to 1998. He has also served two stints as assistant beach superintendent, first in 1968 and later for 14 years under Donald L. Hoffer. Three years ago he became the superintendent after Mr. Hoffer retired.

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