Former chief of external relations in the state’s largest sheriff’s department, Steve Tompkins has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to replace Andrea Cabral as the new sheriff of Suffolk County. He will fill out the remainder of Cabral's term and, according to Boston Globe sources, is expected to run for election in 2014.
Tompkins brings a strong record of public service and political campaign leadership to this position. Before moving to the sheriff’s office, he worked in communications roles at the Dimock Community Health Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the political arena, he chaired Michelle Wu’s campaign for city council and, during a leave of absence from the sheriff’s office last year, he served as a senior advisor on Elizabeth Warren’s senatorial campaign.
In the governor’s announcement of this appointment, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, added his support to testimonials from Boston Police Commissioner Ed David and other prominent leaders in the city and state.
In a congratulatory letter from the dean of the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies where Tompkins earned a master of science degree in public affairs, Ira A. Jackson offered the faculty resources in the graduate school to help him succeed in the new position. He also noted, “With all the very best from all your friends here at McCormack and UMass Boston, we wish you nothing but great success in your important new position.”