Gov. Patrick: ‘Someone in mind’ for Mastroianni’s seat

BOSTON (WWLP) – Who will fill Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni’s seat now that he has been appointed as a federal judge? That’s the question 22News asked Governor Deval Patrick.

Mark Mastroianni will be sworn in as a federal court judge on Monday, but it will be up to Governor Patrick to appoint the interim D.A.

Governor Patrick returned to Massachusetts after spending 11 days in the Middle East. Now, it’s up to him to decide who will be the interim Hampden County District Attorney as Mark Mastroianni waits to be sworn in as federal judge. Governor Patrick can’t appoint anyone until that happens, but he may already have someone in mind.

Governor Patrick told 22News, “The team has vetted a number of candidates and narrowed it down… I have someone in mind. I’m not going to announce it until I’m ready to announce it.”

The District Attorney is in charge of prosecuting criminal cases in the county. Whoever fills that seat will serve for the remainder of the term which ends in January.

There will be a private swearing in for Mastroianni on Monday and a public event will be held at Symphony Hall in Springfield at the end of July.

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