BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board unanimously elected Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis to head the seven-member board at today’s monthly meeting. Evangelidis was appointed to the board by Governor Charlie Baker in April of 2015, and is taking over the Chairman’s seat from Worcester attorney Michael Angelini whose term has ended.

“Sheriff Evangelidis is a dedicated public servant committed to the safety of the Commonwealth’s families and communities and we are pleased to see him assume this important role as Chairman of the Massport Board,” said Governor Baker. “As Logan International Airport, Conley Terminal and Massport’s facilities in Worcester and Hanscom see record growth and success as economic engines for Massachusetts and the region, Sheriff Evangelidis’ extensive experience will continue to be a valuable contribution to their safety and security.”

Evangelidis was elected Worcester County Sheriff in 2010. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant State Prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, Florida as well as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County Massachusetts. Evangelidis served in the Massachusetts State Legislature for eight years, serving on the Committee on Public Safety. Additionally, Evangelidis practiced law for over 20 years after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. from the Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.

“Massport’s facilities not only move cargo and passengers, they create opportunities for commerce and education throughout the Commonwealth,” Evangelidis said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees while maximizing Massport’s unique ability as an economic engine for New England.”

The Massachusetts Port Authority Board is a seven-member group that oversees Massport, a financially independent authority which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston. Board members are not paid for their service. Other Board members include Duane Jackson, Patricia Jacobs, John Nucci, Sean O’Brien, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack and Laura Sen who was appointed by Governor Baker earlier this month.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For more information please visit massport.com.