MIKE ALBANO IS THE MOST QUALIFIED SHERIFF CANDIDATE!
Michael J. Albano began his public service career as a Probation Officer in September, 1974, appointed by Justice Sidney M. Cooley. During his service in the Trial Courts of Massachusetts-Westfield Division, he was involved in policy implementation; budget preparation and presentation to the County Commission and State Legislature; grant writing; and program management along with the traditional duties of client supervision; pre-sentence investigations and recommendations to the Trial Court Judges for sentencing of offenders.
With the responsibility of grant writing, Mr. Albano authored a federal grant for a victim-witness program, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He also wrote a weekly column for the Westfield Evening News on juvenile justice matters and parental involvement.
The Westfield District Court also held sessions for juvenile offenders including care and protection orders; crimes committed by juvenile offenders; and, transfer hearings leading to adult proceedings, of which Mr. Albano was the supervising Probation Officer.
In October, 1982 Michael Albano was appointed by Governor Edward King as a Member of the Massachusetts Parole Board. The Parole Board, of which there are seven gubernatorial appointees, confirmed by the Governor's Council, is responsible for release decisions from all County and State institutions; and, those inmates committed as Sexually Dangerous Persons. The Board also holds revocation hearings for parolees who have allegedly violated conditions of release.
Further, the Parole Board acts as the Governor's Advisory Board of Pardons, issuing recommendations to the Governor and Governor's Council on commutations and pardons.
The Parole Board establishes rules, procedures, regulations and policies for Parole Officers and all officials employed by the Board.
Mr. Albano's service to the Board was marked by appointments of three Governors. Governor Edward King, a conservative Democrat; Governor Michael Dukakis, a progressive Democrat; and, Governor William Weld, a moderate Republican. His tenure on the Board, from 1982 to 1994, was one of the longest in Massachusetts history.
Mr. Albano also had the unique experience of teaching inmates on the college level. First, at Somers State Prison through Asnuntuck Community College; and later at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Gardner through the University of Massachusetts. Both teaching assignments were extraordinary experiences giving him a unique perspective on individuals who commit crimes.
In his capacity as the Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, Michael Albano had the responsibility to seek State and Federal assistance, including, but not limited to, changes in law or regulations; government funding for economic development projects and creation of employment opportunities; education and technology grants; earmarked funding for special projects; and, lobbying the Legislature and Governor for new prisons for both men and women in Hampden County.
During the course of his eight years as Mayor, he successfully secured funding from the Clinton Administration to add 100 new police officers to the streets of Springfield through the COPS Program, allowing the City to implement a model community police program. This was the largest grant authorized by the federal government of police officers to a mid-sized city in the country.
Under his leadership the City was able to secure millions of grant dollars for new technology; including revenue from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for improved security at housing complexes; gun buyback programs; financial resources to combat homelessness; Local Aid Law Enforcement Grants; and, Drug Free Community Grants. The City received many other grants that directly and indirectly impacted the crime rate.
During his 8 years as Mayor, crime was significantly reduced though the above mentioned resources and programs. As important, however, was the involvement from the community and citizen interaction with police.
The mayoral experience is important because of the wide spread influence crime has on a city. From quality of life issues, to increased property values, the crime rate often determines if a family, or company, is interested in investing in that city. In many ways, the success of the Springfield Police Department led to the overall success of the City and impacted the western Massachusetts region.
Understanding the importance of seeking state and federal revenues to assist the law enforcement community, Michael Albano was no stranger to Washington or Boston in stating the case for Springfield or Hampden County. He places his lobbying skills and political contacts as a core component of his resume.
For example, he was the lead sponsor in legislation raising the drinking age in Massachusetts and cosponsored legislation outlawing assault weapons in Massachusetts.
Michael Albano has served on a number of statewide committees, including People vs. Handguns, an Initiative Petition to ban certain handguns in Massachusetts; Stop Handgun Violence, a public education committee; and, as a representative to the Governor's Task Force on Crime during the second Dukakis Administration.
On the local level, he Chaired the Mayors Task Force on City Violence, authoring the final report with recommendations.
Currently a Member of the Governor's Council, Michael Albano was elected to that position in 2012 and reelected in 2014 without opposition. The Council's primary responsibility is to confirm all judicial nominations by the Governor from the Juvenile Court, District Court, Superior Court to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Michael Albano is currently an Adjunct Professor at Asnuntuck Community College teaching courses in American Government and State and Local Government.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College; a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from American International College; and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.
Springfield College awarded Mr. Albano an Honorary Doctor of Humanics in 2001 recognizing his career as a Public Servant and Humanitarian.
Mike Albano is a dad, dog owner, former Mayor of Springfield, Governor's Councillor, and Candidate for Sheriff of Hampden County.
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