Lewis H. “Harry’’ Spence, a former state social services commissioner, has been named to fill a new position overseeing administration of the state trial courts, which have been embroiled in controversy over patronage hiring while facing continued budget tightening. He will be paid an annual salary of $140,358.
Spence’s selection was announced Tuesday by Chief Justice Roderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court, who noted that Spence has a long history of managing complex organizations in both the private and public sectors.
“His in-depth background in fiscal and operational management, visionary leadership, and strong collaborative and motivational skills will be a tremendous asset to the courts,’’ Ireland said in a statement.
Spence’s post was created by the Legislature after a Globe Spotlight series on the Probation Department, which was followed by an investigation by Boston attorney Paul Ware. Both the series and the investigation found hiring in the department relied on political connections, not professional qualifications.
The position of court administrator, the post that Spence will fill, is meant to manage the sprawling government agency on a daily basis. Spence will be working with Robert Mulligan, chief justice for administration and management.
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