Daniel Bennett was appointed Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January 2015 by Governor Charles Baker. As Public Safety Secretary, he has oversight of $1.1 billion public safety budget and the secretariat’s 13 agencies, boards and commissions with their 9,500 state employees. Bennett is charged with providing strategic leadership including policy development which aides in crime prevention ensuring the safety of all residents and visitors in the Commonwealth. All EOPSS agencies fall within four categories: law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security.
Bennett’s legal career began as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He was then a prosecutor in the Suffolk District Attorney’s office where he was in the gang unit. He left government service to have his own practice for eight years.
In 2007 he returned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as Senior Trial Counsel. He was co-counsel on the Neil Entwistle murder trial and prosecuted the John Odgren and Sean Fitzpatrick murder trials.
At the time of his appointment as Public Safety Secretary, Mr. Bennett actively served as senior first assistant District Attorney in the Worcester County Office of the District Attorney for 4 years. He was responsible for monitoring all felony prosecutions in Worcester Superior Court as well as mentoring incoming assistant district attorneys. He also tried several major murder cases himself with many successes; among them first degree murder convictions in the cases of three men charged with the 1994 murder of Kevin Harkins, whose body was never found. In 2013, Bennett was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.
Secretary Bennett is a resident of Sherborn.