Former Probation Officer Assigned to MA DOC Leadership Post

Auburn native Thomas A. Turco III was recently named as the Undersecretary of Criminal Justice within the State Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in Massachusetts. His appointment was made by Governor Charlie Baker and came after Turco served 12 years as the Worcester Superior Court’s Chief Probation Officer.

This new role for Turco was announced last week and he will be assuming the responsibilities of his new position early next week. This job title also comes with a number of new duties. Turco will assist with the strategic leadership of the Department of Corrections, as well as for the Sex Offender Registry Board and the Parole Board.

Other duties include serving as a liaison to county sheriffs across the state of Massachusetts, as well as directing a number of workers who are in positions beneath him, shifting the focus of his job from only on his role in the department to now working in a management position.

Turco is looking forward to working with Baker, as well as the Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in his new position. While he is sad to leave his long-term position at the Worcester Superior Court, as well as the talented team he worked with, he knows the experience he gained during his time as a probation officer in Worcester, Massachusetts, was instrumental to him reaching this new level in his career.

Mr. Turco holds a degree in criminal justice and has served as a probation officer from 1989 to 2000. He was in charge of the Department of Community Corrections in the Worcester community from 2000 to 2003.

The wheels were put in motion for him to vacate most recent position almost six months ago, so that there would be ample time to find a suitable replacement.