Norfolk County officials take Oath of Office, pledge continued commitment to County residents

DEDHAM, MA – Kicking-off 2019 with a variety of goals and issues before them, the Norfolk County Commissioners came together for their weekly meeting on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 that included an important biennial agenda item: the Oath of Office for recently elected and re-elected Norfolk County officials.
At the start of the meeting, Norfolk County Clerk of Courts Walter F. Timilty presided over the Oath of Office for Norfolk County Commissioner Peter H. Collins of Milton, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell of Norwood, and Norfolk County Treasurer James E. Timilty of Walpole. All pledged a continued strong commitment to representing Norfolk County’s 28 communities and the residents they serve.
Also in attendance for the ceremony was Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott. McDermott was appointed by Governor Baker last month to serve out the remainder of former Sheriff Michael Bellotti’s term.
Following the ceremony, the County Commissioners, a group of three elected officials serving as the chief executive authority for Norfolk County, re-elected Commissioner Francis W. O’Brien of Dedham as Chairman. Serving alongside O’Brien and Collins on the board is Commissioner Joseph P. Shea of Quincy.
Collins, a lifelong resident of Milton and a veteran member of the group, thanked the voters of Norfolk County for continuing to place their trust in his work as a County Commissioner, and said that he and his colleagues have high hopes for both 2019 and his new term. He said the goals and issues before the Commissioners in the months to come include drafting a County budget for the next fiscal year that continues to ensure the fiscal health of the County, its departments and the Norfolk County Agricultural High School.
Collins added that additional priorities include advocating to the County’s legislative partners
about the need to pass legislation aimed at modernizing the County funding formula, and continuing to address burgeoning cyber security issues facing the County.
“It’s a real honor to be sworn-in for another term as a Norfolk County Commissioner,” said Collins. “In just the past few years alone, the Commissioners have worked together to make progress in various areas, ranging from prioritizing sound fiscal practices and making investments in our infrastructure, to addressing our liabilities and continuing to promote regional services in all Norfolk County communities. With a new year and new issues before us, it is important as ever to continue advancing the County’s mission, and I look forward to getting to work.”
O’Brien, the newly re-elected Chairman of the Norfolk County Commissioners, agreed with Collins’ sentiments.
“County government is alive, well and successful in Norfolk County,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with Commissioners Collins and Shea, our partners and constituent communities to ensure that it keeps moving forward.”