Chelsea City Manager Tom Ambrosino and the Chelsea City Council have endorsed Steve Tompkins in his bid to continue serving the people of Chelsea, Boston, Winthrop and Revere as the Sheriff of Suffolk County.
Citing just a few of his many efforts to reduce recidivism and prevent incarceration, his advocacy to secure more addiction recovery and mental health services in the community, and his outreach to young people around education and violence reduction, elected officials from across Chelsea made a powerful case for Sheriff Tompkins' reelection.
"Sheriff Tompkins has been a great partner to me both when I served as the Mayor of Revere and now as City Manger of Chelsea," said Chelsea City Manager Ambrosino. "He is always looking to assist the city in whatever way he can, whether it be in a public safety capacity or otherwise, and I am supportive of his campaign to continue serving as Suffolk County Sheriff."
"Sheriff Tompkins is not just about housing those in his care and custody, but he is a vocal advocate for addressing the underlying issues that play a role in their incarceration," said Chelsea City Council President Dan Cortell. "This is important because when they are released, they return as more productive members of our community who are far less likely to recidivate."
Other members of Chelsea City Council voicing their support for Sheriff Tompkins included Vice President Damali Vidot, Leo Robinson, Matt Frank, Enio Lopez, Giovanni Recupero, Paul Murphy, Luis Tejada, and Yamir Rodriguez.
"I have always been an advocate for the youth and the community in need of representation," said Vice President Vidot. "Sheriff Tompkins is someone who is knowledgeable about the school to prison pipeline and can relate most to the population at risk. I believe that Sheriff Tompkins is the most qualified candidate to continue doing great work for communities in need and for Suffolk County as a whole."
"I believe that Steve sees the whole picture," added Councilor Robinson. "He understands that the people in his custody need to have the right skills developed to be able to support themselves and their families when they get out, and he's addressing these problems. He has always been focused on bettering and helping the communities he serves in Suffolk County."
Echoing the sentiment that his focus extends to all of the county's neighborhoods and all of the people within and beyond its borders, members of the Council praised Sheriff Tompkins' efforts throughout the county.
"I support Sheriff Tompkins because he is very inclusive of all of Suffolk County, not just Boston," Councilor Frank said. "I am impressed with his passion to help reduce incarceration rates by getting more involved in the community and working with young people. He is very involved in our communities, attends meetings here and is very engaged."
“One of my biggest concerns is the drug epidemic in Chelsea and the impact that it has on our young people,” said Councilor Lopez. “In many cases, drug use can lead to violence and imprisonment. I know that Sheriff Tompkins is working to address these issues. I’m very supportive because I’ve seen the great work that he’s done, and I’ve seen his interest and investment in Chelsea. Sheriff Tompkins is very in tune with the community and he also has the best interests for the Latino population in Chelsea at heart, as well.”
Speaking about his endorsements, Sheriff Tompkins was both honored by the support and appreciative of the opportunity to continue working with some of the City of Chelsea’s most committed civic leaders.
"I am deeply grateful for this wonderful show of support and I look forward to continuing our work together, alongside the residents, merchants and organizations who are working for a safer, healthier and more vibrant Chelsea."
Appointed to the position in 2013, Sheriff Tompkins won election 2014 as a first-time candidate with over 83% of the vote. As the Sheriff of Suffolk County Tompkins manages all 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 also oversees a management, security, and administrative staff of over 1,000. Sheriff Tompkins holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.