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Lew Evangelidis: 13 to Watch in Central Mass in 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

 

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has brought more than a fresh face to the office since his election in 2010. The former State Representative has changed the face of the office itself.

Evangelidis carried through on his pledge to remove politics from the Sheriff's Office, by first removing the Sheriff's name from every department vehicle and then implementing a policy that prohibits campaign donations to the Sheriff from employees and their spouses. In addition, he bumped up hiring standards for correctional officers and advertised all open positions publicly in order to bolster the department's professionalism. Along the way, Evangelidis expanded the inmate community service program, which he said saved taxpayers in Worcester County $1.4 million in 2011.

While the Sheriff may have set out to depoliticize the office, his work over the past two years has actually helped bolster the Republican brand in the Bay State. Members of the MassGOP have highlighted Evangelidis as an example of the good work the party is doing throughout the Commonwealth.

With eight years in the state legislature under his belt before taking up residence in the Sheriff's Office, one has to wonder where Evangelidis is headed next.

 

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