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About the Sheriff PDF Print E-mail

Sheriff Robert J. Garvey is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts. He served the town of Amherst in the position of Selectperson from 1971-1976. He was elected to the Hampshire County Commission in 1975 and served as County Commissioner from 1976-1984. In 1984, he was appointed Sheriff of Hampshire County to fill the unexpired term of the late Sheriff John F. Boyle. He has won re-election in 1986, 1992, 1998 and 2004. He served as President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association from 1994-1996. In addition, he serves as State Director to the National Sheriffs' Association and is the Chairman of the MSA Education and Training Committee. Sheriff Garvey received the Ferris E. Lucas Award as the 2002 National Sheriff of the Year. In May of 2002, he also received the Howard B. Gill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Correctional Association of Massachusetts.

Sheriff Garvey operates the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, the first county facility in Massachusetts to be accredited by the American Correctional Association, receiving top marks in 1990 that, according to the Association spokesman, "make the jail a showcase institution". The Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction was re-accredited in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008. All facilities that are now undergoing this exercise realize that it takes a lot of hard work by many dedicated employees to put into practice the formulated policies and even more difficulty maintaining those policies and procedures on an ongoing basis. Sheriff Garvey is proud of the institution and of the employees who work day-after-day to make Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction what it is today. Changes and new challenges are anticipated in the years ahead.

The Hampshire Sheriff's Office operates and oversees the first free-standing regional lock-up facility in the Commonwealth. This facility provides a secure facility for arrestees by local and state enforcement personnel prior to arraignment in the courts.

Sheriff Garvey, along with Sheriff Macdonald and District Attorney Scheibel, were instrumental in developing TRIAD for Massachusetts and Hampshire-Franklin Counties in particular. TRIAD is a crime prevention program geared towards addressing the safety needs of the elderly. The Sheriffs, District Attorney and local police departments are working with seniors and protective service agencies to reduce the vulnerability of older citizens to crime.

Sheriff Garvey serves as Chairman of the National Sheriffs' Association Nominating Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Triad Corporation, and has served as an American Correctional Association Auditor for several years. Sheriff Garvey served as a Commissioner of the American Correctional Association and as a member of the Standards Committee. He has been elected Chairman of the Commission on Accreditation for the American Correctional Association and served in that position until August 2009. He is past President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association, Chairman of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association Education and Training Committee and Massachusetts State Director to the National Sheriffs' Association.

Sheriff Garvey is a member of the faculty of the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He and his wife Jane, have two children and reside in Northampton.

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