FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SHERIFF TOMPKINS NAMED TO FEASIBILITY COMMISSION FOR BOSTON’S 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES BID
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins was recently appointed to serve on a special commission convened to study the feasibility of bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Boston in 2024.
Members of the commission were appointed by Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Senate and Massachusetts House leaders, and Mayor Thomas Menino.
Sheriff Tompkins was selected to bring his breadth of knowledge in both public safety and community affairs to the commission, which is comprised of 11 members who represent a broad spectrum of expertise in such areas as: infrastructure, marketing and development, transportation, public safety, tourism, finance, and hospitality, among others.
Created through legislation drafted by Senator Eileen Donohue (D–Lowell) and signed into law by Governor Patrick, the group will examine all aspects of the Olympic Games including: transportation, security, infrastructure, event siting, lodging, costs and job creation.
“I am both honored and excited to welcome Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins to our commission to study the feasibility of hosting the 2024 Olympic Games in Boston,” said Senator Donohue. “As we have learned all too well over the past year, the issues of safety and security are paramount to the logistics of organizing an event of this scale. Considering his extensive background in public safety, I am confident that Sheriff Tompkins will provide seasoned guidance and enlightening perspectives as we study all aspects of a potential Olympics bid.”
Humbled by his selection to the commission, Sheriff Tompkins spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of bringing the Olympic Games to Boston.
“First, I would like to thank Governor Patrick and Senator Donohue for offering me the opportunity to serve on this very important commission,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the City of Boston, its residents and the Commonwealth. If it’s determined that we can safely and responsibly address the myriad needs and concerns of the commission, I believe hosting the Olympics has the potential to achieve a lasting impact for the state and will further enhance Boston’s image as an international world class city.”
The Commission is expected to complete its study by March 1st of 2014 when it will submit its findings to the House of Representatives and Senate, the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.