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James V. DiPaola

sheriff, Middlesex County

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.