Governor Charlie Baker has officially sworn in the newest member of his cabinet. Thomas Turco is now officially the Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety.
This decision comes after former Secretary Dan Bennett announced his resignation on Tuesday. During Bennett’s time serving the Commonwealth, he worked to fight the opioid epidemic, improve mental health funding, and investigate corruption within the State Police.
Turco will now take over that role, overseeing 13 state agencies and more than 9,000 employees.
During Thursday’s news conference, Governor Baker brushed off speculation that Bennett’s resignation and Turco’s appointment had anything to do with the ongoing State Police overtime abuse investigation.
“I think it’s really important for people to remember that it was under Secretary Bennett’s leadership that the investigation that ultimately unraveled the incredible circumstances and allegations of fraud,” Baker said.
The Governor also said he looks forward to working with Thomas Turco to finish the rooting out of corruption within the State Police.
Turco said he has not met with State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin yet, but he plans to sit down and have a conversation with her about the investigation very soon.