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BOSTON – Today, December 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito held a press conference announcing the appointment of Thomas Turco to be the next Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Turco is preceded by Dan Bennett, who served in the Baker-Polito Administration for four years and led the department to key reforms, such as the turnaround at Bridgewater State Hospital, law enforcement efforts to combat the opioid crisis and the implementation of comprehensive reforms at the Massachusetts State Police.
Turco, III began his career as a probation officer at the Florida Department of Correction in 1988. Over the course of his career he served in multiple counties and was promoted in 2003 to Chief Probation Officer of Worcester Superior Court, where he supervised the operations of the probation department for Worcester County. In this role, he developed and implemented policies, procedures and rules established by the Commissioner of Probation and the Trial Court. He also collaborated with community organizations and agencies to promote crime prevention and remediation.
In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to be Undersecretary of Criminal Justice in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. In this leadership position, he provided direction to the Department of Correction, Parole Board and the Sex Offender Registry Board while serving as a liaison to the County Sheriffs.
On April 8, 2016 Governor Baker appointed Turco Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, an agency that operates sixteen (16) correctional facilities, employs over 4,500 staff, and has an annual budget of $626 million and an inmate census of over 8,500 inmates.
Commissioner Turco holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College.
He is a graduate of the Florida Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Training Academy. He is also an active member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA).