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The statute requires the Governor to appoint a police chief, a retired justice of the Superior Court, and a Social Worker nominated by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The Attorney General is required to appoint a law enforcement officer below the rank of sergeant, who is a labor union representative nominated by the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group, an officer nominated by the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, and an Attorney nominated by the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association. The Governor and Attorney General are required to jointly appoint three members, one of whom must be nominated by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the other two are to be civilian appointees. After the initial appointments, each member is eligible to serve 5 years. The Governor designates the Chair of the Commission
"By establishing a Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, the Commonwealth is taking an important step to improve public safety and increase trust between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We are pleased to appoint a diverse range of experts to the POST Commission, and look forward to their work to create a more effective, just and accountable law enforcement system in Massachusetts."
"Each of these appointees brings unique expertise and experience to this Commission as we institute meaningful reform in our state and local law enforcement departments," said Attorney General Maura Healey. "This new Commission will help enhance accountability and transparency, build public trust, bolster public safety, and provide enhanced training, guidance and support to police officers across our state."
About the Commissioners
Appointees of the Governor
The Honorable Judge Margaret R. Hinkle (Ret.) served from 1993 until 2011 as a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and will serve as Chair of the POST Commission. Since her retirement in 2011, Judge Hinkle has worked as a Case Manager for JAMS, a private alternative dispute resolution provider, serving as an arbitrator, mediator and discovery master. During her time on the Superior Court, Judge Hinkle presided over hundreds of cases, and served terms as the Administrative Justice of the Business Litigation Session and as the Suffolk County Regional Administrative Justice for Civil Business. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Hinkle served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston on the Economic Crimes Unit from 1989 until 1993, and as Director of the US Department of Justice's New England Bank Fraud Task Force from 1992 until 1993. Before joining the US Attorney's Office, Judge Hinkle began her legal career as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Andrew A. Caffrey of the US District Court in Boston, serving from 1977 until 1978. She then worked in private practice for Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston from 1978 until 1989, and as a Partner from 1986 until 1989. Judge Hinkle earned her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and her Bachelor's Degree from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Michael J. Wynn has served since 2007 as Chief of the Pittsfield Police Department. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Police, Chief Wynn served successively beginning in 1995 as a Patrol Officer, Shift Supervisor, Shift Commander and Administrative Captain of the Pittsfield Police Department. He has also served as both a subject matter instructor and drill instructor at multiple police academies, including as an Adjunct Instructor for the Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University since 2006, an Instructor for the Municipal Police Training Committee in Randolph since 2001, and as a Staff Instructor for the Municipal Police Training Committee in Springfield from 2001 until 2007. From 2003 until 2004, Chief Wynn served as a Leadership Fellow with the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Leadership Development Unit, where he earned certification as a DEA Tactical Instructor. He also has served since last year on the National Leadership Council of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nonprofit that promotes bipartisan solutions to reduce crime and help children succeed, after serving as a local member for the previous 10 years, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2018. He earned a Master's in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, and his Bachelor's Degree from Williams College.
Charlene D. Luma is a licensed social worker who has served since 2019 as the Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Program for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, overseeing Victim Witness Advocates to provide crisis assessment and intervention, supportive counseling, information, referrals and advocacy services to victims, witnesses and their families throughout the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Ms. Luma worked from 2012 until 2019 for the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, beginning as a Senior Clinician for the SMART Team, which provides in-home therapy and support for local young people who are victims and survivors of homicide and community violence. She then served as Program Director for the SMART Team from 2014 until 2015, and as Program Director for Boston Trauma Response from 2015 until 2019. Before joining the Justice Resource Institute, Ms. Luma worked as a Clinical Social Worker for Youth Connect in Boston from 2005 until 2010, and as a Clinician for the Children with Voices Program and Family Clinic at the Guidance Center in Somerville from 2010 until 2012. In both roles, she served children, adolescents and their families with histories of domestic violence. Ms. Luma earned both her Master's of Social Work and her Bachelor's Degree from Boston College.
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Lawrence "Larry" Calderone is the Chair & President of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group, and President of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association. He has served as a Boston Police Officer since 1994, working in the communities of Roxbury and Mattapan, and with the Special Operations Motorcycle Unit & SWAT Team. He is currently assigned to the station in West Roxbury, where he previously focused on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety and traffic reconstruction. Officer Calderone has been a representative of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association for over twenty years, and served previously as the Legislative Director for the Association, managing its communications and government affairs, and advocating for the interests of Boston Patrol Officers to government entities and other organizations. Additionally, he is a member of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee, where he represents police union organizations in collective bargaining negotiations with municipalities across the Commonwealth. Officer Calderone was born and raised in Jamaica Plain, and is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. He earned a Master's in Law Enforcement from Western New England University, a graduate degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, and his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University.
Larry Ellison is currently a Detective in the Boston Police Department's School Unit, a position he has held since 2005. He has served in the Department since 1983, including as a Detective in the Narcotics Division, a Detective in the Brighton district, and as an officer with years of experience across districts and communities. Detective Ellison previously served as the President of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers from 2010 until 2018, where he was instrumental in advocating for more officers of color in higher-ranking positions, protecting minority officers' rights, and securing pro bono legal assistance for minority officers. In this role, he also sponsored and implemented several youth development programs in conjunction with community organizations and foundations. His tremendous contributions to his community and unique commitment to improving the lives of others led the Boston Celtics to present Detective Ellison with the Heroes Among Us Award in 2016. Detective Ellison is a graduate of South Boston High School, where he was the first Black class president in the school's history. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and has completed several Boston Police Department trainings as well as leadership training at Suffolk University Law School.
Marsha V. Kazarosian is an experienced trial attorney who has been practicing in Massachusetts since 1982, handling multiple high-profile cases that have gained her recognition in New England and across the country. Attorney Kazarosian is currently a Partner at Kazarosian Costello LLP, where her practice areas include civil rights law, discrimination cases, and police misconduct cases. She is a past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Essex County Bar Association, and currently co-Chairs the Civil Rights & Social Justice Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Attorney Kazarosian began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Essex County Bar Advocates and transitioned to a focus on civil rights and discrimination cases. Notably, she represented several women in a landmark gender discrimination suit against the Haverhill Country Club that garnered the attention of national media. She secured a $3.9 million financial judgment for the plaintiffs that was later upheld by the state appeals court, the first time a state's public accommodations law was said to apply to discrimination in a country club setting. She then pivoted to representing plaintiffs in police misconduct and excessive force cases. Attorney Kazarosian is a frequent commentator on legal issues for various media outlets and teaches trial advocacy courses for continuing legal education. She was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Board of Bar Overseers and the Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of Court and continues to serve in both capacities. She was also appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Special Nominating Commission for the Supreme Judicial Court in 2016. Attorney Kazarozian is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Joint Appointees of the Governor and Attorney General
Dr. Hanya H. Bluestone is a licensed psychologist who has served since 2016 as CEO of Labyrinth Psychological Services, PC, in Holden, providing specialized trauma and behavioral medicine treatments to patients of all ages. Prior to her current role, Dr. Bluestone served from 2007 until 2016 as a Psychologist IV for the Department of Mental Health, where her responsibilities included conducting mental health and substance abuse evaluations, testifying in the District and Superior Courts, and providing clinical consultations to families, probation and judges. Dr. Bluestone began her career in 1995 as a Fellow in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Bridgewater State Hospital, before serving as Director of Clinical Services for The Devereux Center in Rutland from 1996 until 2001. She then served as Director of Forensic Services for Boston Road Clinic and Spectrum Health Systems, overseeing mental health services for inmates at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction, before joining Glenhaven Academy in Marlborough, a residential treatment program for at-risk adolescent girls, as Program Director and Clinical Director until joining a private practice in Holden in April 2002. While in private practice, Dr. Bluestone also served as a Forensic Psychologist for the Center for Health and Development in Worcester and Fitchburg from 2005 until 2007, conducting forensic mental health and substance abuse evaluations for the District and Superior Courts. Dr. Bluestone has also served since 2013 as an Affiliate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and served previously as an Adjunct Professor at Assumption College from 2006 until 2017. Dr. Bluestone earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology and her Master's of Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, and her Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University.
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Clementina M. Chéry is an ordained senior chaplain and the Co-Founder & CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston, a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities impacted by homicide, trauma, grief and loss. The center was named for her son, Louis, who was killed in the crossfire of a shootout in 1993. Chaplain Chéry is a recognized expert on best practices in the field of homicide response, and has extensive experience training public health professionals and law enforcement officials to better serve families impacted by murder and interrupt cycles of retaliatory violence. Her accomplishments include working closely with the Boston Police Department to establish a Family Resource Officer within the Homicide Unit to better serve families of homicide victims, convening the first ever Homicide Response Briefing in Massachusetts for over 100 law enforcement officials from across the Commonwealth, and successfully advocating for additional support for funeral and burial services from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Compensation for families of homicide victims. In 2017, Chaplain Chéry was chosen as a Barr Fellow for her vision and collaborative leadership, and her capacity to motivate others, drive change and produce results. She was also named Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2011, and one of Boston's 100 most influential leaders of color in 2016 by Collette Phillips Communications. Chaplain Chéry holds honorary doctorate degrees from College of the Holy Cross, Regis College and Mount Ida College.
Kimberly P. West has served since 2019 as a Partner of Ashcroft Law Firm in Boston, where she represents clients in investigations involving federal and state agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury. Prior to entering private practice, Attorney West served from 2015 until 2019 as Chief of the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, leading a team of over 120 attorneys, support staff and State Police in the strategic prosecution of a wide range of crimes and serving on the Office of the Inspector General's Council providing oversight of state agencies. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Attorney West served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office in Boston in the Health Care Fraud Unit from 2013 until 2015, after having served previously in the National Security Unit from 2002 until 2008. From 2008 until 2013, she served as a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands, successfully obtaining guilty verdicts for war crimes including genocide. Attorney West began her legal career in 1996 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, before joining the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Integrity Unit from 2000 until 2002. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University, and her Bachelor's Degree from Boston College.
About the POST Commission
The 9-member Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission is an independent agency, with appointees from the Governor and Attorney General, which was established by Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020, signed by the Governor in December of 2020. Their role is to create a mandatory certification process for police officers in Massachusetts, as well as processes for decertification, suspension of certification, or reprimand in the event of certain misconduct. The Commission will also be responsible for investigating and adjudicating claims of misconduct, maintaining databases of training, certification, employment and internal affairs records for all officers, and certifying law enforcement agencies. By creating a central entity to oversee officer certification, the Commission will ensure that those officers' training and misconduct records are available both to the Commission and to those officers' current and future employers, improving accountability.
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