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Wanted: State House security director

Terrorist attacks around the world are rattling the folks who run the State House, so much so they have created a new position – director of security – and are on the verge of filling it.

Baker administration staff and aides to the Senate president and House speaker have winnowed down a list of 300 applicants and plan to make a final recommendation as early as this week from the remaining six.


Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, security at the State House — once a breezy, open building with scores of entrances and exits — has been manned by unarmed Department of Conservation and Recreation rangers and a small band of State Police officers. The 21 open doors have whittled down to just two for the public.

But the international turbulence has prompted Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to look into beefing up the security. It won’t be easy, considering the thousands of tourists, visitors, lobbyists and politicians who access the building each year.

The security job is officially posted at just a $41,000 to $109,000 salary range. But a Beacon Hill staffer insists the new position will pay $140,000 to $150,000.

Frank Phillips can be reached at
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