Jerry Robito to Challenge Frank Cousins for Sheriff in 2016

Jerry_Robito_FB_Profile_180x180By: Jerry Robito – April, 2014

The position of Sheriff should not be held by a career politician. Instead, it should be held by a law enforcement professional who has worked in corrections. The Sheriff of Essex County has been an elected position since 1856, and there has never been an elected Sheriff that has worked his way up through the corrections ranks.

Having worked for over 34 years for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, I’ve worked my way through the ranks and have a clear understanding of what is necessary to implement the care, custody, and control of inmates as well as keeping the public and staff safe. The most important tool in the Sheriff’s Department is communication. The state retirement system is already strained and it appears that the current administration does not care that officers are retiring in their early 40’s due to low morale.

In regards to the reintegration of inmates back into society, it is not conducive to lodge inmates in half way houses that are frequented by local police and are not supervised by a corrections professional. The Sheriff talks about recidivism, but through the years a vast number of inmates preparing to be released from Middleton have expressed that upon their release, they have no place to go and no money. My question is what chance do these inmates have of making a life for themselves on the outside? These are the inmates who require after care when released. Unless an individual, in this case a Sheriff, has worked up close and personal with inmates, one would not be aware of this need.

The Lawrence facility better known as “The Farm” was initially designed for non-violent inmates from Middleton that were SENTENCED and then earned the privilege to be there. Currently sending pretrial inmates that were just arrested, and have not gone through detox at the Middleton facility, SHOULD NOT be sent to an unsecure facility such as “The Farm”. The Sheriff’s Department should have more interaction with the residents of the communities that these facilities are located.

I feel with a well trained staff, along with transparency and public engagement, we can make the Essex County Sheriff’s Department an accountable agency that is an important factor in keeping communities and citizens safe. I ask that all concerned citizens of Essex County visit and like my exploratory Facebook page Jerry Robito for Sheriff. I humbly ask for your feedback.





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2 Responses to Jerry Robito to Challenge Frank Cousins for Sheriff in 2016

  1. Spella Reply

    July 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    You do not have the education to hold this title. What do u know about finance, and budgets and saving tax payer $$…? Yes nothing.

  2. Francis Reply

    January 22, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Not for anything but Frank Cousins had only a High school education when he became Sheriff in 1996.
    I just now looked it up.
    He got his Springfield College diploma in 2002 which is 6 years after he became Sheriff. According to former occupations listed, Frank Cousins was a former Automobile dealership owner, a real estate associate, and a politician.

    All I know of Jerry Robito is that friends of ours kids took Karate from him at his Karate studio business he owned for over 20 years in Andover and I think he had a school in Methuen as well. So you mean to tell me that a used car salesman is a better candidate for sheriff based on his budget knowledge? Frank Cousins has been all over the news lately about shady $retirement$ hookups for fired employees who donated to him. What about all the news reported escapes by dangerous inmates at pre releases that happen under Cousins watch. Does a Real Estate associate have the experience to stop that?

    I do not live in Mass anymore and I only just recently found out about Jerry running for Sheriff by stumbling on this. I could care less who is Sheriff but from what I know of Jerry Robito is that he has more knowledge in corrections than anyone who works there now. I am not talking about some dweeb with his mail order criminal justice diploma. Jerry has in the trenches experience. I think he has been a cop and a Sheriff total combined 40 years. Not completely sure of exact dates just what I remember of him back when I knew him.
    I remember Jerry as a super nice guy who really helped build the confidence in my friends troubled son. He had tremendous respect from his Karate students and their families.
    That is all I know of him.
    So yeah I would vote for Jerry Robito for Sheriff.

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