Executive Team

Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins

Sheriff, M.P.A.


Steven W. Tompkins, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed to serve as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22nd, 2013 by Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre–trial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000.

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Yolanda Smith

Chief of Staff / Superintendent – Suffolk County House of Correction


Yolanda Smith has been with the Department since 1995, beginning her career as a correction officer at the House of Correction. In 1997, she became a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer and worked in the community and in the public school systems. She has also served as Corporal, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and in February of 2013, she was promoted by Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins to the rank of Superintendent of the Suffolk County House of Correction where she oversees an inmate population of nearly 1,800 and a staff of more than 500 trained correction officers.
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Michael Harris, M.P.A.

Special Sheriff / Superintendent-In-Chief


Michael Harris is an 18-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In 2018, Superintendent-In-Chief Harris was appointed by Sheriff Steven Tompkins to the title of Special Sheriff, the person designated to assume the responsibilities of acting sheriff when Sheriff Tompkins is out of state or otherwise incapacitated. Harris has brought more than 22 years of public sector management to his role as Superintendent in Chief. A Nationally Certified Jail Manager, Harris is responsible, under the direction of the Sheriff, for the department’s overall operations which encompass 1000+ employees, three stand-alone facilities, and an average daily inmate population of 1800 men and women.

During his time with the Department, Superintendent in Chief Harris has helped to shepherd through a multitude of improvements to the Department’s policies, procedures and practices.

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Michael Colwell

Superintendent - Suffolk County Jail


In over 28 years of service, Michael Colwell has served in a variety of ranks and roles with the Sheriff’s Department. Superintendent Colwell joined the Department in 1991 as a Jail officer and, throughout his career, served as a front-line supervisor in the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Shift Commander.
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Allen Forbes, J.D.

General Counsel


The Office of the General Counsel represents the Sheriff’s Department in legal matters including, but not limited to those brought in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as state administrative agencies such as the Labor Relations Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. It also reviews and drafts contracts involving the Department, including those for the procurement of goods and services. The Office of the General Counsel also represents the Sheriff in all arbitration proceedings.
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Sandy Zamor Calixte, M.S.C.J.

Chief of External Affairs and Communications


Sandy Zamor Calixte is the Chief of External Affairs and Communications for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. She was hired by the Department in 2006, as the Coordinator of Community Outreach and Youth Programming, and was promoted to the position of Director of External Affairs in 2013 by Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. In 2014, Zamor Calixte was elevated to Chief of External Affairs and Communications.
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Joe Terranova, J.D.

Chief Civil Deputy


The Civil Process Division is responsible for discharging Sheriff Tompkins’ statutory duty to serve all writs and precepts issued by judges in the Commonwealth. Over 40,000 times each year, the Civil Process Division’s staff assists litigants with business in the courthouses of Suffolk County by serving, executing and filing documents necessary to the defense or prosecution of a legal action.
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