SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County now officially has a new top prosecutor. Anthony Gulluni was sworn-in as Hampden County District Attorney during a ceremony at the Old First Church in Springfield Wednesday morning.
The former assistant district attorney said he has been asked a lot over the past few months how he feels, and said he has an overwhelming gratitude and responsibility to make Hampden County safer, and to validate the confidence supporters put in him by voting for him.
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn spoke at the ceremony; talking about how the role of district attorney has changed today. Flynn said it’s no longer just about prosecuting, it now requires an outreach approach — preventing young people from committing their first crime, or succumbing to the opioid epidemic.
Gulluni said his first priority is to make sure his team is ready. He chose to replace about 19 positions from the former administration.
“We make those tough decisions, and its my commitment to put the best people in the best places and put together the most effective office,” Gulluni said. “The work of the court will not stop, and we have to be ready.”
Gulluni took his oath of office from the man who he was elected to replace: Mark Mastroianni, who was appointed a federal judge last year.
Gulluni was elected without opposition in November, after winning a contentious four-way Democratic primary back in September. James Orenstein, who was appointed interim district attorney following Mastroianni’s resignation, did not seek election to the seat.