New veterans director Alicia Reddin steps into job

 A 32-year-old Navy veteran, who is a mother of two and swing dances competitively, is the new Director of Veterans Services in Andover.

Alicia Reddin was the District Director of Veteran Services for Melrose, Wakefield and Saugus and also serves on the Post-Deployment Council at the Statehouse. She lives in BiIlerica with her family and starts her job in Andover on March 1.

Riddin served in the U.S. Navy as an “EO” (equipment operator) with the Seabees, a Navy construction battalion that was established in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Riddin replaces former Director of Veteran Services Michael Burke who was 54-years-old when he suddenly retired on Oct. 23 after 10 years in the job. Health issues were troubling him, Director of Community Services Joseph Connelly said at the time. Burke earned about $80,000 annually.

The town’s Veteran’s Office was among several town departments that were reorganized and now report to Connelly. Other departments also reporting to

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