Mayor’s Communications Director Suspended After MGM Springfield Arrest

  • Sullivan faces charges for damaging Cale Mare restaurant and vehicles in casino parking lot
  • Suspension from her role will remain in effect until case is concluded in court
  • Police stated Sullivan appeared intoxicated upon arrest on casino premises
suspension document being signed
The Springfield Mayor’s communications director Marian Sullivan has been suspended following her arrest on charges of destruction of property at the MGM Springfield Casino. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

MGM Springfield suffers property damage

Marian Sullivan, the twenty-seven-year-old communications director for Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, has been suspended from her role following her arrest at the MGM Springfield Casino.

reportedly damaged the casino’s Cale Mare restaurant property

Sullivan reportedly damaged the casino’s Cale Mare restaurant property. She is also facing charges for vandalizing several vehicles in the parking garage of the gambling establishment.

Early morning arrest

Around 3am on Sunday, police arrested Sullivan on charges of destruction of property. On-site Gaming Enforcement Unit state troopers were called to the scene after reports were made of a woman causing property damage. According to Massachusetts State Police, she was booked and released until her arraignment.

troopers located Sullivan, who allegedly appeared intoxicated

A spokesman for the State Police, David Procopio, said troopers located Sullivan, who allegedly appeared intoxicated, in the elevator lobby. The specific damages made or the cost of vandalism have yet to be revealed by the police.

Suspended through court process

It wasn’t long after the report of Sullivan’s arrest that the mayor’s office released a statement revealing the suspension of the communications director. The suspension will remain in place until the case goes through the court process.

In an announcement, Sarno said: “I’m shocked and very disturbed by the arrest of my communications director Ms. Marian Sullivan. I am hopeful that she will seek the help she seems to need and we will be supportive of that effort.”

The Springfield mayor hired Sullivan in 2015, replacing James Leydon as the communications director. Before taking the position, Sullivan worked as a campaign organizer and intern for MGM Springfield in 2013 for around four months. She was also employed as a communication and public relations intern at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2014.

Sarno referred further questions of the incident to his chief of staff, Tom Ashe. He declined to comment further on the matter, stating that they are still trying to piece it together.