In December 2018, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Jerry McDermott as Norfolk County Sheriff to serve out the remainder of former Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti’s term..

Sheriff McDermott brings with him 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. He was most recently Chief of Staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). Prior to being appointed Sheriff, McDermott has held positions in Government & Community Relations & Economic Development for Eversource.

Sheriff McDermott served as the State Director for former United States Senator Scott P. Brown. He also served as Executive Director of the South Shore Habitat for Humanity. Before running the Habitat affiliate, he served as a Boston City Councilor from 2002-2008. As a Councilor he ran the Committees on Ways & Means, Post Audit & Oversight.

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 through education, prevention and awareness such as a Youth Drug Summit. McDermott also initiated a Parent Drug Survey used to understand the community’s perspective on substance abuse and mental health issues.

During his time on the Boston City Council, he worked with colleagues & state legislators to lead the development of the first sobriety high school, William J. Ostiguy High School and he fought against the overprescribing of opioids.

Sheriff McDermott is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He resides in Westwood with his two daughters.