Sheriff McDonald became the county's top law enforcement official in his first bid for public office. Prior to his election, he had served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney for Plymouth County, prosecuting cases daily in the Superior and District Courts. In addition to supervising all criminal cases in the Plymouth court, Sheriff McDonald also was responsible for child support enforcement actions initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He made history when he became the first prosecuting attorney to become Sheriff in the department's 305-year existence.
Among Sheriff McDonald's professional associations are memberships in the Southeast Massachusetts Prosecutors Association, the Plymouth District Bar Association and the Plymouth County Police Officers Association. He is also a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bar.
In his first three years in office, Sheriff McDonald has restored professionalism and morale to the 550-member agency. He manages the department in a fiscally responsible manner, making certain that taxpayer dollars are spent solely on appropriate items and programs.
Sheriff McDonald is committed to protecting the citizens in the communities and neighborhoods in which he was born and raised. A graduate of Marshfield High School, he received his degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School.
Joe resides in Kingston with his wife and daughter. An avid history buff, Sheriff McDonald has taught American History and Criminal Justice at Quincy College in Plymouth for three years.