Representative Denise Garlick Endorses Patrick McDermott for Norfolk County Sheriff

Quincy – Patrick McDermott, Democratic candidate for Norfolk County Sheriff, announced today he has received the endorsement of Massachusetts State Representative Denise Garlick.

“Addiction is a disease and yet many individuals with a substance use disorder and behavioral issues are not in care facilities but in our county jails. As the former Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery and House of Representatives author of the 2018 ‘Opioid Bill,’ I know Pat McDermott will ensure the process for diagnosis, care, treatment, and appropriate discharge to real community services as written in the law,” said Garlick. “Individuals are suffering, families are struggling, and our communities are straining to provide services related to addiction and mental health. The Norfolk County jail with Pat’s leadership will be respectful of all individuals and strive to be therapeutic. Pat McDermott will be a positive and caring community partner,” she added.

“I look forward to working with Representative Garlick to make sure that Norfolk County has the access to the kinds of services and treatments that keep people in their communities and out of jail,” said Patrick McDermott. “Representative Garlick has a well-earned reputation for fighting on behalf of those who are most vulnerable, and I am honored to fight alongside her. It is time for the role of the Sheriff to evolve past simply putting people in jail, and I am ready to move the department in a new direction,” McDermott added.

Patrick McDermott has served the 28 cities and towns of Norfolk County for the past 18 years as the Register of Probate, where he has worked to improve services and efficiency in the Probate and Family Court. He also served as a Quincy City Councilor and is involved in professional and community organizations such as Rotary International and the Norfolk County and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

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