Governor Maura Healey Announces Six-Member Committee To Help In Search For Next State Police Leader

By Tiffany Williams –

On Monday Governor Healey’s office announced that the administration has formed “A six-member search committee, composed of diverse public safety professionals and community leaders with wide-ranging expertise, to guide a robust process to identify the new executive and administrative leader of the State Police.”

The Governor’s said “The Committee will guide the search process and partner with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders with vast experience identifying prospective applicants for executive-level public safety roles.”

Members of the committee include:

Molly Baldwin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Roca.

Kevin Burke, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety, former Essex County District Attorney.

Gayle Cameron, Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, retired Lieutenant Colonel of the New Jersey State Police.

Mark Leahy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, retired police chief (Suffield, CT and Northborough, MA).

Liam Lowney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA).

Natashia Tidwell, Litigation Group Member at Mintz, former federal prosecutor and Cambridge police officer 

“The next Massachusetts State Police Colonel has a unique opportunity to enhance public safety across Massachusetts, build public trust and advance meaningful reforms,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We are grateful to the remarkable members of the search committee for their service and commitment to identifying strong applicants with the vision and values to lead the State Police into the future.”

On February 17, 2023, the Healey-Driscoll Administration appointed Lt. Colonel John Mawn to serve as Interim Colonel, succeeding Colonel Christopher Mason upon his retirement.

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