For Immediate Release - July 26, 2017

State Leaders Welcome Adam Elias as State House Security Director

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo today announced Adam Elias has been hired as the Director of State House Security to be responsible for coordinating the overall safety and security for the Massachusetts State House, its employees, and visitors. Elias is currently the Director of Public Safety for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and will move into his new role on August 14th.  He will be responsible for collaborating with local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies to enhance, establish and enforce security, training and emergency preparedness protocols.

In his current role, Elias oversees the safety and security procedures for the MCCA’s four facilities, including the Boston Convention Center & Exhibition Center, coordinating the ongoing training, development and preparedness for the agency’s full-time security employees and outside contractors, including securing grant opportunities and organizing planning exercises for a range of potential risks and threats.

“Safety is paramount not just for those who work in the State House, but for all who visit this building to appreciate its history and make their voices heard with the leaders they have elected,” said Governor Baker. “Our administration is pleased to have worked with legislative leadership towards improving security in the State House and we look forward to Adam Elias bringing his extensive experience in public safety to this new role.”

“Throughout his career, Adam Elias has honed the security and public safety skills important to emergency preparedness, and we welcome him as the Director of State House Security,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “Our administration is committed to the strength and safety of our communities across the Commonwealth, and we look forward to these enhancements providing residents and visitors alike a safe and welcoming place to engage with state government.”

“The world is changing in many ways and security has risen higher in the consciousness of the general public.  The hiring of Mr. Elias as the Director of Statehouse Security will ensure that there is coordination between law enforcement at the state, local, and federal level to keep both employees and visitors to the Statehouse as safe as possible,” said Senate President Rosenberg.

"This new position will enhance the State House’s existing safety framework through coordination and oversight,” said Speaker DeLeo. “The State House is both a place of work and a living museum. As such, it’s essential that we takes steps to foster a safe, secure and open building. I look forward to seeing the good work that Mr. Elias will do.”

“Adam has been a valuable and trusted leader in the Authority’s Public Safety Department, most recently as our Director of Public Safety,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to our venues every year and Adam has been instrumental in creating and implementing programs and protocols that create a secure environment for our guests to enjoy their event. It is a big loss for the Authority but we wish Adam the best and know he will do a great job in his new role at the State House.”

“I want to thank Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo and President Rosenberg for the opportunity and honor to be the new Security Director at the State House,” said Adam Elias. “Balancing access while creating a safe and secure environment at one of the commonwealth’s most iconic buildings and high profile public spaces creates a unique set of challenges and I look forward to getting started.” 

The State House Security Director will be physically located at the State House and report directly to the Chiefs of Staff of the Offices of the Governor, the Senate President, and Speaker of the House. The Director will act as the State House’s liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, including Homeland Security, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), State Police, Bureau of the State House, Department of Conservation and Recreation and City of Boston.

For additional information about the State House Security Director position, click here.

About Adam Elias:

Adam Elias has extensive experience in public safety and security operations, having served as Director of Public Safety since February and Deputy Director of Public Safety since 2012 for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). In this role, Elias is responsible for the safety and security policies and procedures across the MCCA’s four facilities, including the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center. Serving as the MCCA’s primary liaison with first responders across local, state and federal agencies, Elias facilitates ongoing training and staff development for response to emergency situations. He oversees more than 100 full-time employees and managers, as well as contracted security providers, including guard services, armed protection, and explosive ordinance detection. Elias previously served as Public Safety Director for Valor Security Services, managing 21 public safety officers responsible for coordinating public safety at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Elias graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, and obtained his Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies from Suffolk University.