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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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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Major Abiezer Ayuso

Special Sheriff


Special Sheriff Abiezer “Abe” Ayuso joined the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in July of 1993. With nearly three decades of service to the Department, Major Ayuso has worked in a wide variety of stations, locations and capacities within the Suffolk County Jail, bringing his trademark dedication and high-level of professionalism to all of them, including the Sheriff’s Escort and Response Team (SERT), Transportation, Booking, Central Control, detainee housing units, the Back Gate, and several others.
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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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