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05/30/18 Governor's Council Candidates: Jen Caissie & Paul DePalo / Fitchburg Emergency Management

Governor's Council Candidates, 7th District

The Seventh District encompasses much of Central Massachusetts and includes 65 cities and towns, most in Worcester County.

The Governor’s Council is of vital importance to the future of Massachusetts and plays a pivotal role in the lifetime appointment of Judges, Clerk Magistrates, and Parole Board officials, as well as other issues.

“The Governor’s Council is a Constitutional body that was established under the Massachusetts’ Constitution, a/k/a The Declaration of Rights. Currently, the Council consists of eight (8) members all elected throughout Massachusetts. The Council’s primary role is to vote on all lifetime judicial appointments. In other words, no one becomes a judge in Massachusetts without the advice and consent of a majority of the 8-member Governor’s Council. The Council also votes on clerk magistrates, the members of the Massachusetts Parole Board, the Tax Appellate Board, Notary Publics and Justices of the Peace.”


Jen Caissie has been at the forefront of common sense issues such as requiring judicial candidates and others testifying at confirmation hearings to take a truth telling oath; putting a Victims’ Advocate on the Massachusetts Parole Board, and other accomplishments.

  • Attorney At Law practicing criminal and civil law since 1998

  • Special Prosecutor in Worcester County, 2008 to present

  • Oxford Selectman and Police Commissioner, 1997-2000, 2003-2013

  • Nichols College Trustee, 2015 to present

  • Corporator for Webster Five Cents Savings Bank, 2011 to present

  • Worcester State College Trustee, 2002 to 2006

  • Adjunct Professor, Government Studies & Sociology MA/CT

  • Member, Harrington Memorial Hospital Corporation, 2010 to 2016

  • Juris Doctor – New England School of Law, 1995 to 1998

  • Executive Case and Note Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement (1997 to 1998)

  • Master of Business Administration – Nichols College, 1998 to 2000

  • Bachelor of Arts – Assumption College, Magna Cum Laude, 1991 to 1995

Paul is an attorney in private practice in Worcester. He was named to Community Legal Aid’s Legal-Medical Partnership Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2017 and was recently appointed to the Worcester Planning Board. Previously, Paul worked in corporate litigation in Boston and taught in public high schools, including in alternative programming for at-risk teens. He’s served as an elected Town Meeting Representative in Shrewsbury, and was recently appointed to the Worcester Planning Board.
Paul received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and an M.Ed. from Fitchburg State University. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts State and Federal Courts, and is licensed as a Principal and Special Education teacher.

He lives with his family in Worcester, where his oldest daughter attends 1st grade at their neighborhood public school.  


Fitchburg Emergency Management Agency


PSA: Wallace exhibition: “A Generation on Wheels: Iver Johnson and the Early Days of Sports” Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mondays – Wednesdays, with extra exhibition hours: Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Our annual exhibition of Iver Johnson bicycles, made in Fitchburg, returns. This year we will look at the bicycling fad of the 1890’s and the early years of leisure sports for both men and women.