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Quincy hires ex-lottery official as new director of operations

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 28, 2013 11:18 AM

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By Jessica Bartlett, Globe correspondent

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch has hired another former lottery official, appointing Alfred Grazioso Jr. as the city’s director of operations.

Grazioso, the former chief of staff of the Massachusetts State Lottery, was indicted by the Attorney General in 2012 for allegedly trying to cover up a lottery conspiracy, and settled the case in March for $10,000.

Yet it was his experience in state government, as well as his time as the city’s purchasing agent, that Koch sited as a reason for the putting him the role vacated by Helen Murphy, who became human resources director after the sudden death of Stephen McGrath.

“Al is one of the most well-respected members of our community, and I am thrilled that we are able to get him back to City Hall,” Koch said in a release. “His passion for our city is unmatched, and his experience, knowledge, and commitment will be a great addition to our team.”

Grazioso’s appointment comes two years after Koch hired former state Lottery Executive Director Mark Cavanaugh, who also worked under former Treasurer Timothy Cahill.

Cavanaugh was in the position at the time the ads in the disputed $1.65 million state lottery advertising campaign ran, though he was not charged in the case.

Cavanaugh was the executive director of the lottery at the time Grazioso was hired.

Though Grazioso, 58, worked in the state treasurer’s office from 2007 until he was let go in late 2011, he is no stranger to Quincy government.

Grazioso served as the city’s chief procurement officer and purchasing agent from 1994 through 2003, serving under Mayor James Sheets and Mayor William Phelan.

Koch called this experience “an extraordinary asset for the City of Quincy”, and Grazioso also said that experience would serve him well.

“Having served under two previous mayors, I am privileged to once again serve the residents of Quincy under the leadership of Mayor Koch, for whom I have a great deal of respect,” Grazioso said in a release.

According to Campaign Finance records, Grazioso contributed minimally to Koch’s election campaign in 2011 and significantly more in 2010.

After his time in local government, Grazioso went on to work as the assistant state treasurer for administration and finance, and eventually as the first assistant executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission under Cahill.

In 2012, Cahill was indicted on public corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating an advertising campaign for the State Lottery, funded with taxpayer money, intended to assist his 2010 campaign for Governor.

Grazioso was indicted for allegedly obstructing justice during the course of the attorney general's investigation, having allegedly intimidated and harassed two witnesses being interviewed by the attorney general.

Grazioso settled the case in March for $10,000, and will serve a pre-trial probation for 18 months to four years or until the full payment has been completed.

While on probation, Grazioso is prohibited from seeking employment with the Treasury or any agency within the Treasury.

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