Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is expected to resign from office Wednesday, according to a source with Gov. Deval Patrick's administration.
Sources said Murray accepted a job as the head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and it comes with a sizable pay increase.
Murray ran with the Democratic nominee for governor, Deval Patrick, as a ticket in the 2006 elections, beating out the Republicans Kerry Healey and Reed Hillman. Murray and Patrick were re-elected in 2010.
In January, it was revealed Murray was under investigation for alleged campaign finance violations.
The investigation surfaced one week after Murray announced he would not run for governor in 2014, as had been widely expected.
In a letter dating back to September to Attorney General Martha Coakley, state regulators asked her office to investigate further. "The evidence finds ... Murray did not comply with the campaign finance law which prohibits the solicitation or receipt of contributions not raised in accordance with the law."
The letter also said there was evidence that former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLaughlin failed to comply with the laws when donating to Murray's campaign.
"If we made mistakes, I'm responsible. I will take responsibility for whatever mistakes we made," Murray said in January, responding to reporter questions.
At the time, Murray said he was not sure what the probe would mean to his future political career.
"These things are frustrating. Every candidate, every person goes through challenges," Murray said.
The candidates who filed nomination papers on time and will appear on the ballot are as follows:
At-Large Councilor: Bill Coleman, Carmen Carmona, Joe Petty (mayor-I), Kate Toomey (I), Konnie Lukes (I), Mesfin Beshir, Mike Germain (I), Michael Gaffney, Morris Bergman, Peter Kush, Rich Rushton (I) and William Feegbeh
District 1 Councilor: Chris Rich and Tony Economou (I)
District 2 Councilor: Jennithan Cortes and Phil Palmieri (I)
District 3 Councilor: George Russell (I)
District 4 Councilor: Sarai Rivera (I)
District 5 Councilor: Gary Rosen and Bill Eddy (I)
School Committee: Brian O'Connell (I), Dianna Biancheria (I), Donna Colorio (I), Doug Arbetter, Hilda Ramirez, Jack Foley (I), John Monfredo (I), Robert Cohane
Push the correct button, win a cash prize!” That might sound like an outdated carnival game, but it actually describes government employment. Uncle Sam shelled out more than $1.2 million to pay operators to man the Capitol’s fully automated senators-only elevators over the last five years, according to reports from the secretary of the Senate.
The longer the elevator operators push the correct buttons, the more cash they win. The longest-tenured elevator operator has seen his annual salary increase each of the last five years—though non-congressional federal government employee wages are currently frozen—for total earnings of more than $210,000.
The Senate sergeant at arms office, which employs the operators, defended the presence of elevator operators in the Capitol. The operators provide services besides the obvious, the office said via email. It listed nine roles and responsibilities of the operators separate from the physical operation of the automated elevators. Many of these functions appear focused on providing a clear and safe path for senators to move through quickly, while the rest involve pointing confused tourists in the right direction or working in the galleries during Senate recesses so that passersby can still visit. The office also notes that all elevator operators are certified in first aid and CPR.
But that argument for the necessity of elevator operators is inconsistent with the sergeant at arms office’s previous verdict. When a government shutdown loomed during the spring of 2011, Senate sergeant at arms Terrance Gainer told Roll Call that elevator operators would be among the furloughed nonessential staff. Even after the Senate identified the taxpayer-funded operators as nonessential, no evidence exists to suggest that the body plans to eliminate or reduce the funding for those positions.