Worcester County Sheriff: Lewis G. Evangelidis
Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Growing up in a three decker on Tower Street in the heart of the city until the age of nine. His family relocated to Holden, Massachusetts in 1970 adjacent to the home of his Grandparents. Lew Evangelidis attended Wachusett Regional High School graduating in 1979.
Lew Evangelidis was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2002. During his eight years in the Legislature, Representative Evangelidis was a member of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Public Safety. During this time, Mr. Evangelidis was recognized for his leadership in the passing of Melanie’s Bill to reform existing drunk driving laws and Jessica’s Law which provides for minimum mandatory sentences for certain crimes against children. Also of particular note, Representative Evangelidis became a leading voice to expand access to sex offender information on-line.
Lew was elected Worcester County Sheriff on November 2, 2010. Since taking the oath of office on January 5th 2011, Sheriff Evangelidis has been committed to running the Sheriff’s Department based on professionalism not politics. As Worcester County Sheriff, Lew Evangelidis has significantly increased the hiring standards to the most competitive in the Commonwealth, requiring applicants to have at minimum an associate’s college degree or military service. As the highest law enforcement official in the county, Sheriff Evangelidis is leading the fight to identify and deport criminal aliens from our community, adopting aspects of the extremely successful law and immigration enforcement program Secure Communities.
In an effort to provide a significant cost savings to the towns, cities and taxpayers of Worcester County since taking office Sheriff Evangelidis has more than doubled the Community Service Program. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program provides local communities with no cost labor by non-violent inmates. The Community Service Program has worked to reduce recidivism while saving the taxpayers of Worcester County over one million dollars, a true win-win for the community. With almost 90% of the inmates incarcerated at the Worcester County House of Correction addicted to drugs or alcohol, Sheriff Evangelidis has focused on education and prevention as the best way to keep our youth out of prison. Presently he is the only Sheriff in the country dedicated to presenting a highly effective and innovative version of the drug prevention program Face2Face. Face2Face is an ongoing part of the Sheriff’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Initiative for Worcester County Schools and is currently being presented by the Sheriff to wide acclaim to school districts throughout the County.
Lew Evangelidis is honored to serve as Sheriff in the largest county in Massachusetts with 60 towns and over 800,000 residents. For More Information on Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis Please Visit: www.worcestercountysheriff.com