Governor Baker Announces New Suffolk County District Attorney

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Suffolk County will soon have a new District Attorney.

On Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) Chairman Kevin R. Hayden as the new DA. Hayden will serve out the rest of current DA Rachael Rollins’ term before she assumes her new role of US Attorney for Massachusetts.

Hayden will be appointed on January 10 and will hold the position until the next DA is formally elected on November 8. Hayden possesses more than 25 years of legal experience, including more than a decade in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

“Over the years it has remained the desire of my heart to serve and protect our many diverse communities,” Hayden said. “It’s truly my distinct honor and privilege to be called home by the Governor through this appointment.”

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Hayden has served on the SORB since 2015 and served as the Board’s acting executive director and general counsel since 2013. Governor Baker called the chairman “a veteran” of the DA’s Office.

"Hayden is equipped with the experience and knowledge necessary to serve in this role,” Baker said. “I am confident he will serve the families of Suffolk County as a respectful, collaborative and compassionate partner as District Attorney.”

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Rollins also extended congratulatory remarks to Hayden on his appointment.

“District Attorney Hayden’s professional experience speaks to his prioritization of serious and violent offenses and addressing the needs of our communities,” Rollins said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with him as he ascends to his new role and I ascend to mine.”

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