Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (left) has appointed Scott Brazis (right), the superintendent of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge, to a new post. Photo submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.
A changing of the guard is underway at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge this week as the longtime superintendent Scott Brazis has been appointed as a special sheriff.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has named John Costello as the successor for Brazis, who has been the superintendent at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge for seven years.
Brazis is moving into the special sheriff post that has been held by Patrick Murphy, who is retiring Friday after 33 years with the sheriff’s office.
“With this team, I will have the seasoned experience we need to lead this office through the challenges that lie ahead,” Koutijian said in a press release announcing the leadership changes this week.
The changes come a week after the state announced it is looking to relocate more than 400 detainees from the overcrowded jail in East Cambridge because of deteriorating conditions at the facility. The Executive Office of Administration and Finance has allocated $37 million for construction of two new wings at the Middlesex House of Corrections in Billerica to accommodate the detainees.
Costello served as the assistant superintendent for operations at the Billerica facility for the past five years. He has a total of 26 years experience working in corrections, which includes working at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge.
Koutoujian said the leadership changes are bittersweet for the sheriff’s office.
“Patrick Murphy served with honor, fairness and integrity during his tenure at this institution,” Koutoujian said. “I am confident Scott Brazis will continue to lead in the same manner.”