Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. was elected in November 2004,
and sworn into office by then Massachusetts Governor W. Mitt Romney
on January 5, 2005. Sheriff McDonald is the 30th High Sheriff
of the County of Plymouth, an office which dates back to 1692.
to being elected to the county’s top law enforcement post,
Sheriff McDonald served for almost nine years as an assistant
District Attorney for Plymouth County.
McDonald is a life-long native of Plymouth County having grown
up in Marshfield, and now residing in the Town of Kingston.
McDonald is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in May of 1988,
and a graduate of the Suffolk University Law School, receiving
his Juris Doctor degree in May of 1991.
the Sheriff was honored to be selected from among a pool of
international, federal, state and local law enforcement agency
heads and superior officers to attend the Federal Bureau of
Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development
Seminar (LEEDS 59th Session) at the FBI Academy in Quantico,
Among Sheriff McDonald’s
professional associations are memberships in the following organizations:
The National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the FBI Law Enforcement
Development Association (LEEDA), Massachusetts Sheriff’s
Association (currently serving as MSA President), the American
Correctional Association (ACA) Southeast Massachusetts Prosecutor’s
Association (former association secretary) , Southeast Massachusetts
Detective’s Association (SEMDA), Plymouth County Police
Chief’s Association, the Plymouth County Police Officer’s
Association, and the Plymouth District Bar Association (past president
McDonald is also admitted to both the Massachusetts and the
United States District Court bars.
is an avid sportsman and target shooter, belonging to the Marshfield
Rod and Gun Club as well as the Old Colony Sportsman’s
Association in Pembroke and the Middleboro Sportsman’s
Club. He enjoys informal and competitive target shooting with
handguns and rifles, as well as shotguns and antique black powder
U.S. and local history buff, the Sheriff has taught history
and criminal justice classes as an adjunct professor at the
Plymouth campus of Quincy College.
is also a fan of classic American automobiles, and can frequently
be seen cruising to local car shows and cruise nights in his
original factory stock 1968 Pontiac Firebird 350 Coupe.
McDonald, his wife and two daughters make their home in Kingston.
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Plymouth County Sheriff elected
president of Sheriffs Association
The Patriot Ledger
August 4, 2013
Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald was elected president
of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association on Friday.
“It is a great privilege to be asked by my fellow sheriffs
to lead our association,” McDonald said in a press release.
“Working together, we have made great strides in making
our communities safer and enhancing law enforcement across the
McDonald has previously served as the association’s vice
president, and he will be president through 2014.
The Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association consists of the
state’s 14 elected sheriffs, who work together to address
issues within the criminal justice system.
McDonald said that under his leadership the organization will
continue to focus on finding cost-effective measures to address
inmate overcrowding, staff development and inmate recidivism.
“Nearly all of the inmates in the county correction system
eventually return to our neighborhoods after serving their sentences,”
McDonald said in a press release. “We have to be smart
about finding ways to allow these individuals to re-enter our
communities in a productive manner.”
McDonald was first elected sheriff of Plymouth County in 2004
and was re-elected in 2010. He was a prosecutor before becoming
Sheriff Bradford to Sheriff McDonald
Past Sheriffs & Years of Service
James Warren 1699-1700
Seth Arnold 1700-1701
Nathaniel Warren 1701-1706
Issac Lothrop 1706-1721
Thomas Barker 1721-1731
Jonathan Holman 1731-1733
James Warren, Sr. 1733-1756
James Warren, Jr. 1756-1779
George Partridge 1779-1813
Albert Smith 1813
Nathan Hayward 1813-1845
Branch Harlow 1845-1852
William Thomas 1852-1854
Branch Harlow 1854-1855
Daniel Phillips 1855-1856
John Perkins 1856-1857
Daniel Phillips 1857-1860
James Bates 1860-1876
Alphesus Harmon 1876-1902
Henry Porter 1902-1919
Earl Blake 1919-1928
Charles Robbins 1928-1955
Adnah Harlow 1955-1971
Linwood Snow 1971-1980
Peter Flynn 1980-1994
Peter Forman 1994-2000
Charles Decas 2000
Joseph McDonough 2000-2005
Joseph D. McDonald Jr. 2005-PRESENT