Governor Baker Nominates Two to Massachusetts District Court

Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Daniel W. O’Malley, a former District Court judge, and Edward H. Sharkansky, a Brockton attorney, to serve as judges in the Massachusetts District Court.

“I am confident attorneys O'Malley and Sharkansky will bring outstanding judgement and common sense to the bench and serve the Commonwealth's citizens well with their decades of experience in the District Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Mr. O'Malley will draw not only from his years of private criminal practice, but also from his six years of prior service on the District Court, while Mr. Sharkansky's background as a prosecutor and defense counsel will provide balance and perspective making him an asset to the Commonwealth. I am pleased to recommend both to the Governor's Council for their consideration."

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “I have no doubt, that the qualities these two distinguished attorneys have will bring honor and credit to the Bar, the Bench and the Commonwealth if confirmed by the Council.”

Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission and recommended to the Governor. All judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.

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About Daniel W. O'Malley

Daniel W. O'Malley, who has thirty years of legal experience, returned to private practice in 2004 after six years on the District Court. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Boston in 1980 and Suffolk University School of Law in 1985, he has spent more than a decade in different law offices focusing on criminal, personal injury, and real estate law. In 1998, Governor Paul Cellucci appointed O'Malley to the District Court, where he presided over criminal and civil sessions in courts throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including seven months as acting First Justice of the Fall River District Court. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over mental health hearings at Bridgewater State Hospital and Taunton State Hospital. Attorney O'Malley grew up in Quincy and currently resides in Milton where he and his wife raised their six children.

About Edward H. Sharkansky

Edward H. Sharkansky is a 1990 graduate of The George Washington University and a 1994 graduate of The Northeastern University School of Law.  Upon graduating from law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County for 2 years.  In 1997, Sharkansky opened his law office concentrating in criminal, civil and family litigation.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Plymouth County Bar Association, serves on the Advisory Board to the Criminal Justice Section at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School and Chairs the Management Committee of the Old Colony YMCA Stoughton Branch. Attorney Sharkansky has also served as Town Moderator since 2015 in the Town of Easton where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Baker-Polito Administration Welcomes Tim Connelly as Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Executive Director

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the appointment of Timothy J. Connelly as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Connelly was most recently a General Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, an international financial services firm. His appointment is effective immediately.  

“Tim Connelly possesses deep experience as a manager of complex organizations, and as a leader in private sector technology adoption,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “MassTech is charged with executing our administration’s technology agenda, including extending broadband to rural communities, advancing the Commonwealth’s leadership in digital health, unlocking revolutionary new manufacturing technologies, and deepening regional technology clusters across Massachusetts. Tim’s leadership will ensure that we continue to deliver on these critical initiatives.”

“Our administration is deepening Massachusetts’s national leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to partnering with Tim, as we continue growing technology employment, and connecting every region of Massachusetts to the innovation economy.”;

“Tim’s past work in organizational innovation and global systems management combine to form a unique skill set that will serve MassTech, and the Commonwealth, well,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “I am confident that Tim’s leadership, and the industry expertise of MassTech’s innovation, broadband, and e-health division heads, will combine to make MassTech an even more dynamic, and effective organization.”

“Tim’s leadership skills, experience in the technology-driven financial services sector, and commitment to social impact made him a superior candidate,” said Pamela D. A. Reeve, chair of MassTech’s Personnel and Governance Committee. “We look forward to partnering with Tim and all of MassTech to help the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses succeed in the complex modern economy.”;

“I want MassTech to have a meaningful impact in building lasting, sustainable job growth in Massachusetts,” said Tim Connelly. “I look forward to collaborating closely with MassTech’s board of directors, and with members of our state’s broader technology community, as we work together to achieve lasting economic and social impact.”

Tim Connelly was most recently employed at Brown Brothers Harriman, where he spent 30 years working as a managing director, and as a General Partner. At Brown Brothers Harriman, he led service delivery enterprise, innovation and product support, and investor services units. He retired from the firm in December, 2014. He currently serves on the technology advisory board of BDO Consulting. He is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and chaired the United Way’s 2014-2015 development campaign. Connelly is a member of the board of trustees of the Carroll School and New England Disabled Sports, a Corporator of Northeastern University, and he serves on the finance and investment committee at the Cotting School. Connelly is a graduate of Williams College, and Northeastern University.