BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, March 6, appointed Eileen O’Brien to serve as the Attorney General’s appointee on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, citing her extensive experience in criminal investigations and enforcement in the state.
Candidates for the Attorney General’s appointment to the Gaming Commission must have a background in law enforcement and criminal investigations.
O’Brien, a Newton resident, has most recently served as the Director of the Audit, Oversight and Investigations Division of the Inspector General’s Office since 2013, where she oversees investigations into allegations of fraud, waste and abuse of public funds. Before that, O’Brien spent five years as Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, working to investigate and prosecute matters including trafficking, embezzlement, and public corruption.
O’Brien also served in various positions within the Special Investigations and Narcotics Division at the AG’s Office, including chief of the division from April 2004 to July 2008.
O’Brien will fill the position on the Commission held by Judge Lloyd Macdonald since 2015 following the retirement of Judge James McHugh. Judge Macdonald’s term expires this month.
“Eileen O’Brien’s many years of experience running complex criminal investigations into cases of fraud, public corruption, drug trafficking, and other offenses, and her stellar reputation in the law enforcement and legal community, make her an ideal appointment to the Gaming Commission at this critical time,” AG Healey said. “Having made a career out of protecting the interests of this state and our residents, I know that the Commission will benefit tremendously from her skills and perspective. I am grateful to Judge Macdonald for agreeing to take on the remainder of Judge McHugh’s term and lending his wisdom and judgment to the Commission over the last three years.”
“Eileen is an exceptionally hard working and gifted attorney,” said Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha. “She has made a significant contribution to protecting taxpayers and the public during her years in the Attorney General’s office and here at the IG’s office. Eileen will be an excellent addition to the Gaming Commission.”
O’Brien is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Middlebury College. Following law school, she was a law clerk at the Massachusetts Superior Court and served as an assistant district attorney at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office from 1997 to 2000.
In 2015, O’Brien received the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service along with the Inspector General’s Westfield State University Investigation Team. She has also previously received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Narcotic Enforcement Officers’ Association in 2004, and the Scott Harshbarger Award for Excellence in 2003.
This report is a press release from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.