Patrick McMurray, Undersecretary for Homeland Security
As Undersecretary for Homeland Security within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Patrick McMurray is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Massachusetts National Guard, the Commonwealth Fusion Center, the Homeland Security Division, and the Department of Fire Services. He serves as the state’s Homeland Security Advisor and chair of the State’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Over the course of a 25-year career in the United States Secret Service, Undersecretary McMurray gained diverse exposure to a range of security issues both domestically and abroad. As a Supervisory Special Agent in the Boston Field office, he oversaw intelligence investigations and a wide jurisdiction of criminal investigations, supervised the hiring and training of protective details, and managed the Service’s Cyber & Electronic Computer Crimes Task Force and Forensics Laboratory. Undersecretary McMurray was assigned to the Presidential Protective Division and to Secret Service Headquarters.
While serving as the Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, Undersecretary McMurray played an integral role in establishing a U.S. Secret Service presence there and forged links between Canadian and American Law Enforcement. He was responsible for assisting in the coordination of security for the United States Embassy in Ottawa following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Following his career in the Secret Service, Undersecretary McMurray spent two years as Managing Director of Executive Protection at JP Morgan & Chase in New York. Most recently, he was a Vice President at Caesar’s Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was the Chief Corporate Security Officer and Director of Executive Protection. Undersecretary McMurray began his career in law enforcement as a criminal investigator in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and also spent two years working as a Massachusetts parole officer.
Undersecretary McMurray holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from American International College in Springfield and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Plattsburgh and Cortland State Universities of New York.
Jennifer Queally, Undersecretary for Law Enforcement
As the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Jennifer Queally is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Massachusetts State Police, the Municipal Police Training Committee, the Office of Grants and Research and the Department of Public Safety.
Undersecretary Queally most recently served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted cases in District and Superior Courts and worked closely with local and State Police to assist them in their investigations. Between 1992 and 2009, she spent nearly 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. In that role she prosecuted more than 100 bench and jury trials in District and Superior Courts.
As a member of former Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone’s Senior Leadership Team, Ms. Queally spearheaded the creation and implementation of a pre-complaint juvenile diversion program that allowed certain juvenile offenders to participate in counseling, community service and other programs as an alternative to prosecution to prevent them from receiving a criminal record. Ms. Queally helped establish a Juvenile Fire Setters Program in Lowell and implemented Community Based Justice and Domestic Violence Roundtables in several other cities and towns.
Ms. Queally volunteers her free time to a number of philanthropic endeavors in her community. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Boston College Law School.
Thomas Turco, Undersecretary for Criminal Justice
As Undersecretary of Criminal Justice, Tom Turco is responsible for providing strategic direction to the Department of Correction, the Parole Board and the Sex Offender Registry Board; he also serves as a liaison to the county sheriffs.
Undersecretary Turco began his criminal justice career in 1989 when he was appointed as a Probation Officer in the Westboro District Court. In 2000 he was promoted to Probation-Officer-In-Charge at the Worcester Community Corrections Center and in 2003 was named Chief Probation Officer of the Worcester Superior Court. For twelve years, CPO Turco oversaw operations of the probation department in the Worcester Superior Court for Worcester County.
Under his leadership, the Court implemented a number of programs that bolstered public safety. These included the Worcester Initiative for Supported Reentry program and Fatherhood Program and partnerships with a local treatment provider to offer weekly sex-offender treatment. “Operation Watchdog,” a joint effort with the Worcester Police Department created in 2008, successfully combined efforts to enhance the supervision of sex offenders.
Undersecretary Turco is active in his hometown of Auburn where he has served as Parks Commissioner and as a member of the Auburn Foundation Advisory Committee. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College and a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College.
Curtis Wood, Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology
Mr. Wood has served as the Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology since April 2011. In that role, Mr. Wood is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the State Crime Lab and Forensic Services Group of the State Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, the State 911 Department and the Office of Technology and Information Services. Additionally, he has been charged with directing the development and implementation of the statewide justice information sharing strategy and the state’s participation in the National Public Safety Broadband Network.
Prior to his appointment to EOPSS, Mr. Wood served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and as the Executive Director of the former Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB), overseeing the state’s law enforcement information systems, Criminal Offender Record Information System and the Firearms Records Bureau. He also served as the Secretariat Chief Information Officer for EOPSS during this time. Before being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Wood served as the Deputy Director of the CHSB since 2002. While in these roles, he has held several national leadership roles, including representing Massachusetts at the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System: the International Justice and Public Safety Justice Information Network. He also serves as the Governor’s appointment to SEARCH Inc., the national justice and information statistics organization.
Mr. Wood began his public safety career in 1975 with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, serving in multiple roles during his 23 years at DOC, including correction officer, Deputy Chief of Investigations, Commanding Officer of the Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Chief Information Officer for the Department. He has also participated in and led numerous fugitive and gang task forces with the State Police, U.S. Marshal’s Service and FBI.
He has also worked in the private sector as a senior business and technology consultant leading large public safety and justice information technology engagements across the United States. Mr. Wood graduated from Salem State College with a BS in Communications and from Anna Maria College with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Mr. Wood continues to teach at local colleges.