Supreme Judicial Court Initiates Court Administrator Selection Process
and Appoints Search Committee Members
The Supreme Judicial Court today announced that it has initiated its process to recruit and select a Court Administrator for the Massachusetts Trial Court, a new leadership position introduced in recently-enacted legislation. The Justices have issued a summary of the position's responsibilities and challenges along with the required qualifications and competencies for position candidates. Link to job description They also have formed a search committee of knowledgeable, experienced leaders to assist them with the selection process. A search firm will be recruited to assist the committee.
The Justices said they will appoint the Court Administrator early next year to ensure the effective assumption of responsibilities before the legislation becomes fully effective on July 1, 2012.
The search committee is chaired by Attorney Michael B. Keating and includes the following members:
Hon. Margot G. Botsford is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also served for 18 years as a Superior Court judge.
Craig Burlingame is the Chief Information Officer of the Trial Court and the newly elected president of the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC), the national organization for Court Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers.
Hon. Paula M. Carey is the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Department of the Trial Court. She has served as an associate justice of the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and serves in leadership positions on several court committees.
Hon. Lynda M. Connolly is the Chief Justice of the District Court Department of the Trial Court. She co-chaired the Trial Court's Budget Advisory Committee and the Court Relocation Committee.
Michael B. Keating, Esq., is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and is chair of the Litigation Department. He is a former chair of the Court Management Advisory Board and past president of the Boston Bar Association.
Hon. Jeffrey A. Locke is an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. He is a former Commissioner of the state's Department of Social Services.
Glenn Mangurian is a business leader with 35 years of experience in industry and management consulting. He also serves as an executive-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts and is a current member of the Court Management Advisory Board.
Hon. James F. McHugh is an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He also served as special advisor on technology to the Chief Justice for Administration and Management.
Anthony S. Owens is the Clerk Magistrate of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court. He is a former Chief Probation Officer of the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court.
David B. Perini, Esq., is the former Commissioner of the Commonwealth's Division of Capital Asset Management and former chairman and CEO of the Perini Corporation, one of the region's largest general contracting and real estate development firms.
Michael A. Sullivan, Esq., is the Clerk of Court for the Middlesex Superior Court and president of the Superior Court Clerks' Association.
"We greatly value the guidance that these highly regarded, experienced leaders will bring to this important selection effort," said Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland. "We anticipate that the addition of this position to court leadership will enhance our management capabilities and expedite adoption of best management practices in these challenging fiscal times. Such challenges provide an opportunity to innovate and improve our ability to support the judges and court staff across the state. The Justices are committed to a thoughtful selection process that will identify the best available candidates from a variety of leadership backgrounds."
The Court Administrator, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, will oversee administrative functions to ensure that judges and court staff have modern, effective and efficient support systems. Working with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, the Court Administrator will implement policies consistent with the goals set forth in recent court management reports.
Chief Justices, court administrators, commissioners, clerk-magistrates, directors, the Court Management Advisory Board, bar leaders, and other key stakeholders have been initially consulted by an internal project team regarding the hiring process. The project team will continue to facilitate the selection process as it moves forward.