Governor Charlie Baker Monday announced the appointment of Jerry McDermott as Norfolk County Sheriff to serve out the remainder of former Sheriff Michael Bellotti’s term.
With over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors ranging from a Boston city councillor to co-founder of a Substance Abuse Task Force, McDermott most recently served as chief of staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). His appointment as Norfolk County Sheriff is effective Dec. 24.
“Jerry McDermott has the leadership skills, experience and knowledge to serve as Norfolk County Sheriff,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With over three decades of service to communities across the Commonwealth, Jerry has focused on building partnerships with local and state agencies as a Boston city councillor and successfully co-founded the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force leading initiatives to combat drug and alcohol abuse. I am confident that he will serve the people of Norfolk County with integrity.”
“Jerry McDermott’s professional accomplishments and commitment to the people of Norfolk County and the Commonwealth have prepared him well to serve as Sheriff,”said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I look forward to partnering with him to meet the needs of the cities and towns across Norfolk County.”
“I am honored that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor have put their trust in me to serve as Norfolk County sheriff,” said Jerry McDermott. “I’m looking forward to working with the professional law enforcement team, local officials and community leaders involved in the recovery community. There is a great deal of work to do in lowering the recidivism rate and enhancing initiatives focused on successful re-entry programs.”
Jerry McDermott has 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. He was named chief of staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in March of 2018. Prior to joining DCAMM, Jerry handled Community Relations & Economic Development for Eversource. He was the state director for former U. S Sen. Scott P. Brown. He also served as executive drector of the South Shore Habitat for Humanity. Before running the Habitat affiliate, Jerry served as a Boston city councillor from 2002-2008. As a councillor he ran the Committees on Ways & Means, Post Audit & Oversight and Historic Preservation. He also served as co-chair of the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force, spearheading initiatives in the community to address drug and alcohol abuse though education, prevention and awareness such as a Youth Drug Summit, Boston’s first Teen Alcoholics Anonymous group and a Parent Drug Survey used to understand the community’s perspective of drug abuse.
During his time on Council, McDermott worked with colleagues to lead the development of the first sobriety high school and he fought against the overprescribing of OxyContin.
McDermott resides in Westwood with his two daughters.