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Faculty   Frank Cousins Jr.


Frank Cousins, Jr.

Frank Cousins served as the Essex County, Massachusetts Sheriff. Cousins became the first African-American sheriff in Massachusetts when he was appointed to the position in 1996 by then Massachusetts Governor William Weld. As Sheriff, he instituted an innovative drug and alcohol detoxification program that he made available to the community to facilitate diversion treatment programs for persons with substance use disorders. Prior to his appointment to sheriff, Cousins had served on the Newburyport, Massachusetts City Council, and then in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1993 up until he became sheriff. As a Republican, Cousins has won elections for the sheriff position in 1998, 2004, and 2010 in heavily Democratic Essex County.