Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (ret.)
Andrea Cabral began her legal career in 1986 as a staff attorney at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department at the Charles Street Jail, working to prepare and argue motions for bail reduction at Suffolk Superior Court. Subsequently, she served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office from 1987-1991. In 2002, after the Stern Commission, headed by Donald K. Stern, called for reform in the Sheriff’s Department, Ms. Cabral was appointed sheriff by Governor Jane Swift. Ms. Cabral won election in 2004 as the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, becoming the first woman in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts history to hold the position. On December 12, 2012, she was named Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety by Governor Deval Patrick.