August 19, 2013
Chief Justice Carey & Court Administrator Spence Announce Appointments
Security Director, Director of Support Services, and Senior Assistants Named
Today, Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence announced appointments to several Trial Court senior management positions in the Office of Court Management and in the Executive Office of the Trial Court. They have established an organizational chart in consultation with the Chief Justices to explain the functions and structure of the Trial Court’s central administrative offices.
- Jeffrey Morrow, a security professional with over 30 years of federal law enforcement and national security experience, has been named as the Trial Court Director of Security effective September 30, 2013. Currently, Jeffrey is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Director at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, where he previously served as the Chief of Operations for the Global Operations Directorate. He also has served as the Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Field Office in San Diego, CA, as the Senior NCIS Representative on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C., and as Division Chief of the NCIS Field Office Support Division. Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Anselm College and a master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.
- Maria Fournier, now in the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court, has been named the Director of Support Services. She currently serves as the Court Improvement Project and Training Manager for the Juvenile Court, and previously served as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate in the Essex County Juvenile Court. At three points during her career Maria also served the Commonwealth’s Department of Children and Families in the positions of Deputy Regional Counsel, Assistant Regional Counsel, and Social Worker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law where she is an adjunct professor. Maria will assume her new role on September 3rd.
Chief Justice Carey and Court Administrator Spence jointly lead the Executive Office of the Trial Court and have modified the staffing of that office to support the new governance structure in the areas of judicial policy, administration and communications. They are operating the Executive Office in an integrated, collaborative way and have designed two new positions to provide support on strategic planning, policy, and operational issues. These positions replace the chief of staff and executive director positions. They recently made the following appointments to those positions.
- Kim Wright was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant – Judicial Policy. She most recently served as the Deputy Court Administrator for the Probate & Family Court prior to joining the Executive Office. She began her career with the Trial Court in 1985, serving in various positions at Essex Probate and Family Court, including Probation Officer, First Assistant Register and Judicial Case Manager, prior to joining the Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court. She has represented the Probate and Family Court on committees addressing a range of issues including staffing model, time standards and fiscal protocols. She currently chairs the Trial Court Website Committee. She holds a law degree from Suffolk Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lowell.
- Mary Rafferty was named as the Senior Assistant – Administration & Communications. She joined the Trial Court as a Senior Staff Consultant in 2007 after serving as the Regional Director of Public Affairs at Verizon where she managed government and community relations in the City of Boston, as well as statewide initiatives. Mary’s 29-year career at Verizon included management positions in employee communications and operations. In the Trial Court she currently serves on the Access to Justice Advisory Committee, the Website Committee, the Grant Task Force and the Green Team. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University along with certificates in public relations and community relations.
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