Middlesex Sheriff James V. DiPaola
was elected on November 7, 1996 and sworn into office as the 29th Middlesex
Sheriff on November 27, 1996 to fill out the remaining two years of the former
Sheriff's term. He has since been re-elected to two full six year terms, the
first on November 3, 1998 and most recently November 2, 2004.
Prior to being elected Sheriff, DiPaola served two terms as the State Representative from Malden's (Thirty-Sixth Middlesex District). He was first elected in November of 1992 and re-elected in November of 1994. In January of 1993, DiPaola was elected President of his class by his peers in the House and Senate. Before serving as State Representative, DiPaola was an eighteen-year veteran of the Malden Police Department, serving with distinction as a patrolman, a sergeant and as an undercover narcotics detective. In addition, DiPaola has also served over 25 years in the United States Military Reserves.
In the past eight years, Sheriff DiPaola has completely overhauled the hiring, promotional, training, purchasing, classification, civil process and prisoner rehabilitation programs, as well as created or revitalized numerous community outreach programs for the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.
He has also secured funding for and broken ground on the first renovation and
modernization project in the history of the Billerica House of Correction, thus
ensuring a safe and secure facility for the Middlesex Sheriff's Office to
fulfill its mission well into the twenty-first century. Sheriff DiPaola believes:
"There is no excuse for crime,
There is no justification for violence,
There is no solution without example."
Sheriff DiPaola's efforts have earned him praise throughout the Middlesex communities. He has been honored by the American Legion at their annual state convention for his "constantly shown deep concern for the well being of our often forgotten veterans and the preservers of our beloved nation and its glorious philosophy,"and by the Medford Saving Lives Program, "in recognition of his concern and commitment to the good health and well being of our youth through his efforts against drunk driving." Sheriff DiPaola has received the prestigious "Law Enforcement Award" from the Massachusetts Order of the Sons of Italy. Sheriff DiPaola was also presented with the "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Massachusetts. In 2000, Sheriff DiPaola was awarded the "Building Disaster Resistant Communities Leadership Award" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in Washington D. C. The award, one of only eighteen given nationwide, was given to Sheriff DiPaola because of his leadership and vision in establishing the
acclaimed Youth Public Safety Academy. Additionally, Sheriff DiPaola
has served as the President of the Massachusetts Sheriff's Association.