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Gov. Patrick Appoints Four New Secretaries

In January, the cabinet will have new secretaries of finance, education, health and public safety.

Governor Deval Patrick announced late last week that he has appointed four new secretaries to join his cabinet.

In January, Glen Shor will replace outgoing Secretary of Finance Jay Gonzalez; Matt Malone will replace Secretary of Education Paul Reville; John Polanowicz will replace Secretary of Health JudyAnn Bigby; and Sheriff Andrea Cabral will replace Secretary of Public Safety Marybeth Heffernan.

“Glen, Matt, John and Andrea are the real deal.  They come to their new positions with the expertise, the talent, the respect and the vision to achieve our bold agenda over the next two years,” Patrick said. 

“Jay, Paul, Judy and Marybeth were instrumental in achieving the cornerstones of an agenda that is making a difference,” he added. “This is bittersweet for me because in addition to being my wise advisers, they are my friends. I will miss them and I am proud of them."

All information below regarding the new and departing secretaries has been provided by the Patrick administration. 

Secretary of Administration and Finance

Outgoing: Jay Gonzalez

Gonzalez has been a senior member of the Patrick-Murray Administration since 2007 and has been responsible for not only the state budget but also key initiatives in health care and reforming the way state government does business. 

Incoming: Glen Shor

Shor is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and currently serves as the executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state's official public health insurance exchange. 

Secretary of Education

Outgoing: Paul Reville

Reville is the Commonwealth’s first education secretary. He successfully integrated the state’s education agencies and led the governor’s efforts to pass the most comprehensive education reform law in 20 years. He will return to the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Incoming: Matt Malone

Malone holds a master’s degree and PhD from Boston College and is currently the superintendent of the Brockton School System.

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Outgoing: JudyAnn Bigby

Bigby has been the secretary of health for the past six years. She is a primary care physician and health policy expert, and is the governor’s longest serving cabinet secretary. She has helped implemented the Commonwealth's health care reform law that has insured 98 percent of residents have insurance.

Incoming: John Polanowicz

Polanowicz is currently the president and CEO of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He is a graduate of West Point Academy and has an MBA from Stanford University. He served for eight years as the president of Marlborough Hospital. 

Secretary of Public Safety and Security

Outgoing: Marybeth Heffernan

Heffernan leaves after six years as undersecretary and secretary. She helped secure the passage of long-sought reforms to the Criminal Offender Record Information System and led the administration's efforts to reform the Probation Department. 

Incoming: Sheriff Andrea Cabral

Cabral has been the sheriff for Suffolk County for 10 years. She has reformed the prisoner re-entry programs and modernized the country's correctional facilities. She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk Law and is the first woman in Massachusetts to serve as sheriff. 

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