Secretary of Public Safety and Security
Daniel Bennett was sworn in by Governor Charles Baker on February 6, 2015 as Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. He brings with him a vast array of experience as a public servant in law enforcement with a reputation for fairness, innovation and distinguished leadership to a job that requires oversight of 13 state public safety agencies responsible for law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security.
Bennett, named Prosecutor of the Year 2013, was recruited by the Baker Administration from the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office where he served as Senior First Assistant. There he oversaw all aspects of the office’s administration including personnel, finance, victim witness services and assistant district attorneys. He held that position for 4 years. In Worcester County he prosecuted multiple murder cases. Prior to that appointment, he served 4 years as Senior Trial Counsel in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and was principal advisor to the District Attorney on all personnel and policy making decisions and trial matters. That included prosecuting complex homicide cases involving DNA, computer forensics and coordinating efforts to combat gang activities of such gangs as MS13, the Latin Kings, Asian Boys, and TRG. These skills, perhaps, honed earlier in his career as ADA for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office as a Gang Unit prosecutor.
Secretary Bennett has an all-encompassing perspective of the legal system not only having served as prosecutor but criminal defense counsel and clerk as well. He spent 11 years in private practice defending the accused and 4 years as clerk.
Bennett earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Suffolk Law School where he graduated Cum Laude.
About the EOPSS Secretary
The Secretary of Public Safety and Security is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of secretariat agencies, independent programs and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.