BOSTON (CBS/AP) – State Representative Peter Koutoujian was named as the new Middlesex County sheriff Friday.

Gov. Deval Patrick made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Cambridge District Courthouse in Medford.

Koutoujian will take over for former Sheriff James DiPaola, who committed suicide last year.

WBZ News Radio’s Bernice Corpuz was at the announcement.

DiPaola had been the subject of a front-page Boston Globe story reporting that he planned to both collect his salary and a nearly $100,000 annual pension beginning in January.

Koutoujian, 49, will serve until the next statewide election in 2012.

He is a Democrat from Waltham who was a Middlesex County prosecutor before being elected to the Legislature in 1996. He has a wife and three young children.

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Comments (5)
  1. rick says:

    shame on the govenor by appointing another state house hack.The badge is still for sale.2012 vote all the hacks out of this state

  2. edwal says:

    well he couldn’t offer it to the runner up that would put a dirty republican in office

  3. DStein says:

    edwal, a dirty Republican? Seems to me the Democrats in Massachusetts hold the lead by a wide margin when it comes to arrests, indictments and convictions. 3 out of 4 House speakers, all Democrats, have been convicted of crimes. Dianne Wilkerson just got sentenced to 3-4 years behind bars. Chuck Turner has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

    The Democrats must be proud!

  4. CEO says:

    edwal, and we’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget Jimmy “The Groper” Marzilli and Anthony “DUI” Galluccio. Then there’s Suzanne “Tax Evader” Bump. John Tierney’s wife is going to jail for money laundering and he’ll likely be investigated now that the Republican’s control the House of Reps.

  5. bill says:

    A lot more Democrats have been convicted only because there are a lot more of them in Mass. Proportionally I doubt there is much difference between R and D. BTW Chuck Turner is not a Democrat, but a Green. He was convicted but I personally do not believe he did the crime.

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