U.S. Coast Guard Chief Gregg Marsili named Bristol harbormaster

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Gregg Marsili named Bristol harbormaster


After over two hours of deliberation, the Bristol town council named Gregg Marsili, a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, to serve as Bristol’s next harbormaster.

Mr. Marsili currently serves as the officer in charge at the Aids to Navigation station in Bristol.

Over the course of several months, a search committee narrowed the field to three top candidates, including Mr. Marsili, interim harbormaster and former assistant harbormaster, Matthew Calouro and David M. Sylvaria. All three candidates were interviewed extensively by members of the town council before the council made their decision on Wednesday night during an executive session meeting.

Councilor Nathan Calouro, brother of harbormaster applicant Matthew Calouro, recused himself from all discussion regarding the hiring during the process.

With four members of the council to vote, the decision was supported by council chairwoman Mary Parella, vice chairman Halsey Herreshoff and Tim Sweeney. Councilman Edward Stuart abstained.


  1. It doesn’t matter who gets chosen…you wont please everyone. Last week there were comments that connections, not experience, would determine who would get the job. That didn’t prove to be the case. I would think the Council would look at record and experience as well as what that person could contribute to the town before making their decision. I will trust that they made their decision keeping that criteria, and the best interest of the town, in mind.