(Hampden County, MA) Nick Cocchi, Superintendent of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and candidate for Sheriff of Hampden County, has received the endorsement of Hampden County Clerk of Courts Laura Gentile.
“Nick Cocchi is the seasoned professional in his field. His unique ability to operate a nationally recognized facility like the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department is as essential as it is unprecedented,” said Gentile.
“Nick’s experience beginning as a correctional officer, working hard to climb the ladder of promotions he earned to become Assistant Superintendent overseeing day-to-day operations of the Department is the right experience to continue the legacy of excellence established by all the women and men of the Sheriff’s Department,” said Gentile.
“As a father of a young family, Nick has a commitment to keeping our families safe. His real experience fighting the opioid crisis and commitment to public safety is unsurpassed. I am thrilled to endorse him and pledge my full support to his campaign,” said Gentile.
“I am honored to have the support of Laura Gentile. Laura’s endorsement comes after hours of our discussing the future evolution of The Sheriff’s Department, especially in regards to what needs to be done to the reunify families of inmates and addicts, bringing parents home to children that need them and to become productive members of our communities again. Laura’s passion for children affected by incarceration and the pain of addicted parents has been a topic of many discussions between us already to discuss how we make changes and find new and better ways to keep families together, “ said Cocchi.
“Laura’s own county-wide campaign for Clerk of Courts was an example of the public’s desire to elect professionals to office who actually know how to do the job, people with real experience in the position. Like myself, Laura had not held elected office before being elected,” said Cocchi.
“If I am fortunate to earn the public’s promotion to Sheriff, I will be working closely in the future with Laura on women and family issues within our facilities and programs. She has great ideas on how we can do better in meeting the needs of parents and families in the system so that they do not become repeat offenders,” said Cocchi.
Cocchi, a Ludlow native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Western New England University and a Masters of Business degree from The Elms College. He is an academy trained corrections professional with 23 years experience, all at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.
Gentile was elected Clerk of Courts in 2014, the second woman to hold the office in its history.