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Press Release Governor Baker Appoints Interim Suffolk County District Attorney

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BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas as Suffolk County District Attorney to serve out the remainder of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's term. His appointment is effective Thursday, September 27, and he will remain in the post until the next District Attorney, to be elected on November 6, is sworn in next January. 

A 24-year veteran prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Pappas has served since 2011 as Chief Trial Counsel in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

"Assistant District Attorney Pappas has demonstrated that he not only has the skill and knowledge to do the job, but also the compassion and respect to serve the people of Suffolk County and the Commonwealth," said Governor Baker. "In addition to a long career, ADA Pappas has been recognized by his colleagues and District Attorneys across the state for his professionalism, leadership and decency, and I am confident that he will provide the stability needed to steward this office and its critically important work through this transition."

“I’m deeply grateful to Governor Baker for the opportunity to continue the legacy of innovation, excellence and service that District Attorney Conley has built over the past 16 years,” said Assistant District Attorney Pappas. “I’m honored by the chance to lead an office of such talented, dedicated and compassionate men and women who work so hard to achieve justice for the people of Suffolk County. I am indebted to the individuals, families and communities who have taught me so much in my years as a prosecutor. Our work together will continue seamlessly in the weeks and months to come.

“Governor Baker has made an outstanding selection,” said District Attorney Conley. “John Pappas worked his way up from attending law school at night to supervising more than 150 lawyers responsible for tens of thousands of cases each year and he has served the people of Suffolk County at every level of the office in his career as a prosecutor. As Chief Trial Counsel, he holds one of the most senior positions within the office and is highly respected by the staff, the bench and the defense bar. And as an assistant district attorney assigned to some of Boston’s most serious violent crimes, he embraces our mission to speak for victims and pursue the interests of justice, in and out of the courtroom. There is no question that Mr. Pappas is qualified to lead the office, inspire his team and serve the public as Suffolk County District Attorney. He has my utmost trust and confidence as he does so in the weeks and months to come.”   

“John Pappas’ career has been distinguished by professional distinction, humility to the mission of the office and service to people of Suffolk County,” said Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northeastern University and former Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph Martin. “He has earned the respect of defense attorneys, police, federal prosecutors and investigators, victims and judges.  He rose to a position of leadership by distinguishing himself as a meticulous trial attorney, investigator and leader within the office.  The Governor has made an excellent choice and the DA’s office will be in highly capable hands until the next administration assumes office.”

About John P. Pappas

Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas has served since 2011 as Chief Trial Counsel for Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office, providing legal and strategic guidance to Superior Court prosecutors from the grand jury state to trial and carrying a full caseload of complex homicide investigations and prosecutions. He served for a decade in the DA's Homicide Unit, leading dozens of death investigations and trying some of the county's most notorious murders. As a Superior Court prosecutor, he has also served in the DA's Senior Trial Unit, Gang Unit and General Felony Unit trial teams.

Prior to those assignments, Mr. Pappas was a line prosecutor and then a supervising prosecutor in the Boston Municipal Court and East Boston District Court. He was recognized by his colleagues with the 2003 Suffolk Award for Outstanding Superior Court Prosecutor and, more recently, was awarded the 2016 William C. O'Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. A lifelong resident of West Roxbury, Mr. Pappas is a graduate of Boston Latin School, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and New England School of Law, where he earned his juris doctorate in 1993.


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