BOSTON (WWLP) – Former Springfield Mayor Mary Hurley was sworn-in as a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council Thursday afternoon.
The Governor’s Council is an eight-member elected body that provides advice and consent on certain matters pertaining to the judicial system, including appointments of judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, and justices of the peace. They also consider pardons and commutations, as well as warrants for the state treasury.
As a Governor’s Councilor, Hurley hopes to send someone from the region to the state’s highest court. She said, “We need somebody from western Massachusetts on the Supreme Court and it is one of my highest priorities.”
Hurley told 22News she is looking for respectable nominees who are knowledgeable in law, honest and trustworthy. State Representative Carlos Gonzalez said Hurley comes with years of experience, both in and out of the courtroom. The East Longmeadow Democrat served as a district court judge following her time as mayor of Springfield.
“Mary Hurley brings about the important aspects of women to the table, and she’s very knowledgeable and strong minded,” said Rep. Gonzalez.
Hurley was elected unopposed in the November general election, after winning a contested September primary against Hampden County Bar Association President Jeffrey Morneau.
She replaces Longmeadow Democrat Michael J. Albano on the Governor’s Council. Albano himself is a former mayor of Springfield.
Hurley’s first priority is filling dozens of vacancies in the western Massachusetts courts.
The Governor’s Council typically meets once a week at the State House to interview nominees for a judgeship.