CLA Welcomes Massacustttes Interim Commissioner Shawn Jenkins

About Interim Commissioner Shawn Jenkins

Shawn Jenkins was appointed Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Department of Correction
in March 2022. As Chief of Staff, Jenkins serves as the agency’s second in-command, and has
direct oversight of legislative and public affairs. He coordinates with Commissioner Mici to
strengthen the Department’s vision and mission and collaborates with command staff to ensure
the implementation of the Department’s annual goals.
Prior to joining the Department of Correction, he served as the Special Sheriff with the
Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for approximately eight years. He also served as Special Sheriff
with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for nearly four years. In both roles as Special
Sheriff, he oversaw all aspects of facility operations including security, classification,
personnel, legal and as primary point of contact for outside law enforcement agencies. Before
joining the Sheriff’s Offices, Shawn worked in different roles within the Executive Office of
Public Safety and Security, including a five-year appointment to the Sex Offender Registry
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Colby College in Waterville,
Maine, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of
Massachusetts at Lowell and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of
Massachusetts at Boston.
Media Contacts:
Elaine Driscoll
EOPSS Communications Director, [email protected], 617-366-9312
Scott J. Croteau
DOC Interim Director of Media Relations, [email protected], 781-400-3849