Rep. Koutoujian is no place holder, and this does, of course, mean a special election in the 10th Middlesex District.
Rep. Koutoujian has, among other leadership activities, chaired an Oxycontin Commission and called for stricter regulation of this drug
In fact, after tenacious work by Koutoujian, five years later stricter regulations were passed after this report was filed, though it took those five years of effort and advocacy and this report
In appointing Koutoujian, Governor Patrick has appointed a mature statesman who has shown the ability to work tenaciously and build strong coalitions. While there have been a string of troubled sheriffs in Middlesex County, hopefully, Koutoujian can build on the good community programs while ensuring professional management of high integrity.
Further, in counties where county government has been abolished, former county offices should, in my opinion, be appointed universally by, and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. This would provide both oversight, and a cost savings.