Feb. 8, 2019: Michael J. Doherty was appointed as the Clerk Magistrate of the Massachusetts Housing Court by Gov. Charlie Baker on Jan. 23, 2019. Doherty has more than eighteen years of experience in the housing field. He has worked at the Massachusetts Housing Court for more than fifteen years, first as a Housing Court Specialist and currently as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Western Division Housing Court. The Housing Court oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing. The courts hear eviction cases, small claims cases, civil action suits, and other cases related to residential housing. Led by Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan, the Housing Court has fifteen statutory Judges that work across the court’s five divisions, which include the Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Western Divisions. The Housing Court was granted statewide jurisdiction in 2017. Doherty started his career in the housing field as an Assistant Building Commissioner and Construction Inspector for the city of Holyoke in 2001. In 2004, Doherty joined the Western Division Housing Court as the Assistant Chief Housing Specialist and then as the Acting Chief Housing Specialist, where he scheduled court mediations, supervised personnel and oversaw training and resources for the Housing Specialist Department. Since 2012, Doherty has worked as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Western Division Housing Court. Doherty was promoted to First Assistant Clerk Magistrate in 2016. Doherty received his B.A. in Spanish in 1993, and his M.B.A. in 2006, both from the University of Massachusetts.