There must be something interesting going with the officers pay. If the officers are truly employed by LECs then the LECs must receive taxable income from the state of Massachusetts in order to pay the LECs employees. If that were the case, then the state's method of control over the LECs is by supplying money, and the LECs are (technically) mercenaries. On the other hand, if the officers are somehow being paid directly by the state, then the LECs are nothing more than consultants, and the state can, at will, oust them, and replace either state employees. I would say that the later situation is better for the state, but necessarily as good as just having top to bottom state employees. I'm no expert.