Sullivan, Donelan, Merrigan win state recognition

  • Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan Submitted photo

  • Franklin County Sheriff Christopher J. Donelan in his office at the jail.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Franklin Probate and Family Court Register John F. Merrigan.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/21/2018 12:44:51 PM

The state has named the three co-chairmen of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region as the recipients of the 2018 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.

Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County Sheriff Christopher J. Donelan, and Franklin Probate and Family Court Register  John F. Merrigan, are collectively one of nine winners of the award that acknowledges those who play a major role in the successful delivery of quality services to Massachusetts citizens.

They are slated to be recognized by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in a ceremony at the Statehouse on Dec. 7. Manuel Carballo was a former Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services who died of bacterial meningitis at 42 on Jan. 27, 1984. 

Sullivan said this award serves as recognition of the roughly 500 people who take part in the task force.

“It’s good to keep the opioid crisis on the front burner and if people see this award … they’re going to keep focusing on it,” Sullivan said. “I’m just looking forward to the task force doing bigger and better things in the future.”

In a statement, Donelan said those involved with the task force have a passion for their work and he is grateful for the state’s support in tackling the opioid crisis.

Merrigan said it is an honor to be recognized.

“We’ve been joined at the hip since day one and it’s been a privilege to work alongside the sheriff and the Northwestern district attorney to fight this epidemic,” he said in a statement.

The task force was started in September 2013.

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