GOVERNOR PATRICK APPOINTS STEVEN TOMPKINS AS SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF
Experienced public safety leader brings over a decade of service in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
BOSTON – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department of External Affairs Chief Steven Tompkins as Suffolk County Sheriff. Tompkins will assume responsibility for all Sheriff’s Office operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre-trial detainees, Tompkins will also oversee a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000.
"As a dedicated public servant on the frontlines of crime prevention and reentry rehabilitation, Steven brings first-hand knowledge and passion to this critical position," said Governor Patrick. "I am confident in his ability to serve Suffolk County in this role and I look forward to working with him to strengthen our re-entry programs and reduce youth violence."
“I thank Governor Patrick for his confidence and I pledge to serve the citizens of Suffolk County with integrity,” said Chief Tompkins. “I am inheriting a great Department with talented people who are committed to providing safe care and custody for individuals at our facilities and working with our external partners on a wide range of public safety issues. I am honored by this appointment and accept its responsibility enthusiastically.”
“Steve brings an extraordinary level of relevant prior experience to this position,” said Sheriff Andrea Cabral. “His job required him and his staff to work with every division within the Department. He knows what it took to get us where we are and he is very committed to building on that progress. Under his leadership, this Department’s best days are ahead of it.”
As Chief of External Affairs in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Tompkins supervised his own division and was a member of the Sheriff’s nine-member Executive Team which was responsible for day-to-day management of all Sheriff’s Department operations. Tompkins established sustainable partnerships with municipal agencies, neighborhood organizations, civic associations, local businesses and crime watch groups to increase community engagement in deterring youth crime and improving reentry programs. He created the innovative “Common Ground Institute,” a vocational training program that prepares inmates for and finds them post-release employment. Tompkins’ work also focused on youth violence and crime prevention. He created the “Choice Program” which sends trained officers into Boston’s public middle schools to educate students about the role of government, good citizenship and the importance of making positive life choices. Tompkins also ran the popular “Jail Brake,” a program that directly targets youth at risk for involvement in the criminal justice system.
Tompkins is an engaged community leader and respected advocate, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Roxbury Community College and a former Board Chair of the Sportsman’s Tennis Club. In 2011, Tompkins was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as a Board member of the Boston Finance Commission. Tompkins also serves on the Foundation Board and chairs the Community Service Board for the Dimock Community Health Center, a Roxbury-based community health center that provides convenient access to quality medical and mental health care and human services. Tompkins previously served as the Dimock Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Affairs prior to joining the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.
Tompkins, who will be sworn in by Governor Patrick at the State House later today, is filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Sheriff Andrea Cabral to the position of Secretary of the Executive Secretary of Public Safety and Security within the Patrick-Murray Administration. An election to fill the remainder of Cabral’s term will occur in 2014, the next biennial election.
Tompkins holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He resides in Hyde Park with his wife and two children.
STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT:
“The Suffolk Sheriff’s Department and the Boston Police Department have enjoyed a tremendously cooperative and productive relationship for decades. I believe that Steve will continue that tradition because he’s been someone that has been a great public servant and someone that Sheriff Cabral has relied on during her time in office. I think that the transition will be seamless and I am looking forward to working with Sheriff Tompkins.”
- Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
“I’ve known Steve for a few decades now, and I’ve always been impressed with not just his level of intellect, but also his integrity. I think what will also be helpful is that he has a real understanding in terms of the needs of the community’s young people and their development. He is highly articulate and I believe that he’s going to be very visible in the community. He’s someone who is going to be a connector and someone who will move into the preventive mode when it comes to our young people. I was ecstatic when I found out about his appointment and I think he’s going to build on the wonderful work that the previous sheriff has done and I think he’ll take it to another level.”
- University of Massachusetts Chancellor Keith Motley
"I have known Steve Tompkins for over 10 years and have been fortunate to serve on several boards with him. He is deeply committed to public service and has the necessary experience, judgment and connectivity to neighborhoods that's sorely needed in this position. I'm confident the Suffolk County Sherriff's Office will maintain the proper focus on reentry and the standards set by Sherriff Cabral."
- Michael Curry, Esq., Boston NAACP President
“Sheriff Tompkins is an innovative, effective, and fair leader who will serve the Department with passion and integrity. Placing a premium on reentry and reintegration programs, Tompkins will continue to build upon the good work of Secretary Cabral and Suffolk County will be a safer place because of it. I’m thrilled to call Steve a friend, a colleague, and now my Sheriff. He’s an outstanding choice.”
- District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley