If the zealots do manage to spare the State House from the torch (see related editorial), it will give Terry Pfaff some more time to shine.

We have not seen the budget yet for his new office, but credit Democrats Donna Soucy and Steve Shurtleff for picking the right man to head a new office of chief legislative operating officer.

The Senate President and House Speaker, respectively, have decided to create a “nonpartisan joint agency to coordinate administrative and management cooperation for the General Court.”

That’s a mouthful and may be a chore, with a staff of 46 to deal with.

But if anyone can do it capably and efficiently, we think Terry Pfaff can.

He happens to be a Republican and served as chief of staff for three different Speakers when Republicans were running the House.

His new job will oversee the important office of legislative services as well as security, accounting and information technology. It’s a handful, but Pfaff has big hands and the respect of many.

He is also a lover of state history and of the State House.

He has helped with its restoration and as soon as he figures out what to do with the ancient flags in the Hall of Flags, he may end up with a statue out front on the plaza.

He may, of course, need that security contingent to protect the State House from some of its own inhabitants.