Ashe to help Cocchi with transition to sheriff’s office

Cocchi to take office in January

Incoming Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is seen at left, with current Sheriff Michael Ashe at right. Image Courtesy: Hampden County Sheriff's Department

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe said that he wants to make sure incoming sheriff Nick Cocchi is able to get off to a “running start” in his new job.

In a news release sent to 22News, Sheriff Ashe said that over the next few weeks, he will be focusing on helping Cocchi transition into office.

“I intend to offer not only the logistics of the smoothest possible transition, but also whatever amount of my 42 years of experience the newly-elected sheriff seeks to utilize,” Ashe said.

A Democrat from Ludlow, Cocchi is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the jail. He won a three-way primary for the Democratic nomination in September, and defeated Republican John Comerford and independent candidate James Gill in Tuesday’s general election. Ashe had been a vocal supporter of Cocchi’s campaign.

Ashe’s last day as sheriff will be January 4.