Governor Baker Moves To Shuffle Boston Municipal Court Magistrate Seats

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BOSTON (State House News Service) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday moved to shuffle a couple of clerk magistrate seats, tapping one magistrate for a judgeship and another top clerk for a move to a different courthouse.

Former prosecutor Margaret Albertson was nominated to a Boston Municipal Court judgeship following 17 years as a clerk magistrate, a job that carries a lifetime tenure. The Governor's Council unanimously confirmed her as clerk of the BMC's South Boston division in 2005, and two of the same councilors -- Christopher Iannella and Marilyn Devaney -- are still serving on the panel that will vet her for a judgeship.

Albertson was a Suffolk County prosecutor from 1992 to 2000, including two years as deputy chief of Superior Court prosecutions and two years as deputy chief of District Court prosecutions. She earned her juris doctor in 1991 from Boston University School of Law.

Baker is also seeking to move Clerk Magistrate Eric Donovan, who has served in the Boston Municipal Court's Brighton division since 2018, to the Brockton District Court, where he would take over for former Clerk Magistrate Kevin Creedon.

Donovan was an assistant clerk in Brockton from 2006 to 2015, when he left the court system to become chief of staff at the Department of Developmental Services. He also worked at the Department of Veterans' Services from 2016 to 2018 under Secretary Francisco Urena as chief of staff, general counsel, and chief operating officer, according to his resume.

A former associate at Finneran, Byrne & Drechsler -- the law firm of then-House Speaker Thomas Finneran -- he later worked as assistant House counsel from 2000 to 2005. He earned his law degree from New England School of Law in 1995.

Written By Sam Doran/SHNS

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