Eugene Sumpter began his career in 1989 as a jail officer at the Charles Street Jail. In 1990, he participated in the transition from Charles Street to the new facility at Nashua Street where he also worked as a Unit Officer. In 1991, after receiving his instructor certifications through the Criminal Justice Training Council, he joined the department’s training division instructing officers in various types of law enforcement training such as defensive tactics, self defense and firearms. He also served as the Department’s lead drill instructor for the Basic Training Academy. In 1992, he was promoted to Specialist (JO-2) at which time he continued his duties as a unit officer and member of the training division. In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In that role he was responsible for ensuring that policies and procedures were followed by staff, enforcement of the rules and regulations of the jail and supervision of the daily activities and programs for detainees. In 1998, Eugene Sumpter became a crisis negotiator for the department after completing training provided by the FBI. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Security/Operations where he supervised the shift commanders and all uniform staff on the evening and night shifts.
In 2002, Eugene Sumpter was promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Security/Operations by the previous sheriff. In that role he was responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Nashua Street Jail and supervision of all uniform staff. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent at the Jail. He is now responsible for a facility that houses 700 detainees and processes over 12,000 detainees annually.
In 2013, Superintendent Sumpter 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.
Special Sheriff Sumpter is also a member of the Department’s Policy Review Committee. Prior to employment with the Sheriff’s Department, Sumpter served in the Armed Forces. He is a six year veteran of the United States Army.