[Editor's note: The following is Sheriff James DiPaola's open letter to the residents of Middlesex county.]
I write today to make a statement about my retirement and my re-election. First of all, I want to thank all of my supporters that assisted in re-electing me the Sheriff of Middlesex. I must admit I had reservations about running for another term. I have been a Public Servant for 36 years, since 1974. As I pondered my decision it was brought to my attention that I would be eligible for retirement and if re-elected eligible for the Salary of Sheriff.
It must be pointed out that if I retired and someone else was the sheriff there would be no cost savings. I made a black and white decision based on finances instead of my moral compass to run for re-election and to apply for retirement.
Once this decision was made public and I discussed it with [Boston] Globe reporter Sean Murphy, my first reaction was to defend the Law. Sean made a statement to me which really hit home. He said, "You know, sheriff, if you do this it will be your legacy and not any good you have done." I realized then that he was right. Being an elected official is about public service and not always the best financial deal. Shortly, after my discussion with Sean I decided that I would not continue my original course.
So, I want to announce that I will not be accepting the salary for sheriff. I also want to announce that on Jan 6, 2011, I will resign my position as Middlesex Sheriff. This will allow Gov Deval Patrick an opportunity to appoint someone to the Office. This decision I thought would be a difficult one. Well, it is not, today I want to thank Sean Murphy of the Boston Globe for reminding me of all the reasons that I served in public service for 36 years and assisting me in making this decision.
Thank you, and I ask for your understanding and support.
James V. DiPaola