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Felix Arroyo fights removal from Massachusetts Probate Court

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February 22, 2017

Questions swirled recently when Suffolk Conty Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo was suspended from his position for reasons not released to the public, nor, it seems, to Arroyo himself. There have been no specific allegations of wrongdoing.

Early this month, the Massachusetts Trial Court, which comprises seven departments including Arroyo’s, put Arroyo on paid administrative leave and ordered an independent investigation of the registry conducted by Anthony Nesi, a retired probate and family court judge. The department — which handles probate and family-related matters such as wills, adoptions, divorce, name changes and paternity cases — had a troubled history when Arroyo entered office in 2014. The previous registrar, Patricia Campatelli, was accused of shirking responsibilities and assaulting a subordinate. In an earlier investigation of Campatelli, employees said she worked only 15 hours a week.

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