The Globe is reporting that James DiPaola – recently re-elected Middlesex Sheriff – has “retired” and will resign from his position as Sheriff in January, 2011 allowing Governor Patrick to appoint a replacement. Originally, planning to take advantage of complicated but legal pension provisions, DiPaola was retiring but was planning to continue serving as Middlesex Sheriff – collecting both his legal pension and his salary as Sheriff. According to a letter to Middlesex residents, a recent Globe interview caused him to rethink his situation and thus the decision to retire but also to resign as Sheriff.
This action by Sheriff DiPaola will have tremendous fall-out as the scrutiny of the Commonwealth’s pension system continues. The Governor and his administration have been working on pension reform with some success and will obviously push for more. As for the fall-out in the Middlesex Sheriff’s department – stay-tuned.