Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin today announced that the department has entered into an agreement with former state Public Safety Secretary and Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O’Toole to provide law enforcement management consulting services. Ms. O’Toole, who most recently served as Chief of the Seattle Police Department and previously led reforms of Ireland’s national police force, will serve as a strategic resource to Colonel Gilpin and her Command Staff on various topics related to the operation of a large police agency.
“Former Commissioner O’Toole possesses a wealth of knowledge about, and experience in, leading and bringing positive change to major police agencies, and my Command Staff and I look forward to her input and ideas about law enforcement to help improve the department,” said Colonel Gilpin.
Ms. O’Toole, continuing a distinguished career in law enforcement, will provide consulting services on a pro bono basis as deemed necessary by Colonel Gilpin. Two areas, among others, in which Colonel Gilpin will draw on Ms. O’Toole’s expertise will be recruitment of qualified and diverse candidates for employment and professional development and leadership training for existing personnel.
“I have great respect for Colonel Gilpin who strikes me as a bright, principled leader,” Ms. O’Toole said. “I look forward to supporting her team as they work hard on their mandate to reform, innovate, and restore public trust.”
A former member of the Massachusetts State Police, Ms. O’Toole served as a lieutenant colonel in the early 1990s. In 1994, former Governor William Weld appointed her to his cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, a position she held until 1998.
In 2004 Ms. O’Toole was named the first female commissioner in the history of the Boston Police Department, leading that Department until leaving in 2006 for a six-year term as Chief Inspector of the Gardia Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for bringing reforms and greater accountability to the 17,000 member Irish national police service. Ms. O’Toole was named Chief of the Seattle Police Department in 2014, becoming the first woman to lead that police agency. She retired in December of last year.