Jerry McDermott

Jerome "Jerry" P. McDermott is the 22nd and current High Sheriff of Norfolk County.[1] He previously served on the Boston City Council and as the executive director of South Shore Habitat for Humanity.[1] He also served as an aide to Senator Scott Brown and worked in community relations and economic development for Eversource.[1] In March 2018 he was appointed as chief of staff in the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker.[1] He was appointed sheriff by Governor Baker in December 2018.[1]

Jerry McDermott
Jerry McDermott in December 2018.jpg
Norfolk County, Massachusetts Sheriff
Assumed office
December 24, 2018
Appointed byCharlie Baker
Preceded byMichael G. Bellotti
Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
In office
March 2018 – March 2019
Preceded byDavid Abdoo
Succeeded byMatthew Cocciardi
Member of the Boston City Council for District 9
In office
Preceded byBrian Honan
Succeeded byMark Ciommo
Personal details
BornBoston, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican (2013-present)
Democratic (until 2010)
ResidenceWestwood, Massachusetts
EducationUniversity of Massachusetts Boston

McDermott grew up in the Allston-Brighton region of Boston, where he was involved in groups such as the Ward 22 Democratic Committee and the Oak Square YMCA.[2]

His career began as a legislative aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, and subsequently Boston City Council President Bruce Bolling.

While serving on the city council, he was a registered Democrat, but unenrolled from the party in 2010.[1] He registered as a Republican in 2013.[1] In 2006, as a councillor, he proposed that the Boston Citgo sign be removed in response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's insults toward U.S. President George W. Bush.[3] McDermott also suggested draping an American flag or Boston Red Sox banner over the sign until Chávez was out of office.[3]

McDermott lives in Westwood, Massachusetts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Stout, Matt (December 17, 2018). "Baker taps former city councilor as Norfolk County sheriff". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Jerry McDermott". Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Boston Official Wants Citgo Sign Removed". Turnto10. August 22, 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-24.[permanent dead link]