Patrick McDermott was elected Norfolk County Sheriff in 2020.
Sheriff McDermott has a long history of public service in both government and non-profit work. Before being elected as Sheriff, he served for 18 years as the Norfolk County Register of Probate where he focused his attention on access to justice for Norfolk County residents with an emphasis on improving the lives of people impacted by opioid abuse, domestic violence, family strife, mental health issues within families, and helping people navigate adoption processes.
He has a proud record of public service, including three terms as Quincy City Councilor (1996-2002) focused on public safety, advocating for a greater commitment to community policing and improved emergency response capabilities as well as thriving and responsible economic development for his community. He served as a Legislative Aide for former State Representative Mike Bellotti (who later served as the Norfolk County Sheriff), State Representative John Rogers, and State Senator Michael Morrissey. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Register of Deeds for Norfolk County.
In addition to his work in government, Sheriff McDermott is a dedicated community leader and volunteer. An accomplished lawyer, he is an active member of the Bar Association of Norfolk County where he served as its President from 2012 to 2013. He is an active member of the Greater Quincy Knights of Columbus, the Quincy Lodge of Elks, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Quincy Rotary Club, having served as President 2019-20. Sheriff McDermott is also a committed 30-year rider in the Pan Mass Challenge which has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of his mother.
Sheriff McDermott is a graduate of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (St Paul’s, Cambridge) BC High, Boston College, and Suffolk Law School. He lives in Quincy with his wife Tracy Wilson and their children Alana and Adam.