Sheriff Robert W. Ogden
Dukes County Sheriff Robert W. Ogden won the Democratic primary on September 8th, 2016, succeeding Sheriff Michael McCormack as the chief law enforcement officer of Dukes County. Sheriff Ogden is a resident of West Tisbury, along with his wife Jeanne and daughter Olivia. He is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association.
Sheriff Robert Ogden graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. His dedication to serving the people of Dukes County is evident in his 29 years of work with the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office prior to being elected as Sheriff, acting as Director of the Drug Information Bureau for 22 of those years, with a range of duties including, Regional Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer, Grant Writer, Community liaison for youth prevention services, and DARE Operation Challenge Ropes Course project coordinator, manager, maintenance, and counselor.
Sheriff Ogden has served on many boards dedicated to youth services across the island and held the position of President of the Dukes County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association Inc. for over 20 years. Sheriff Ogden’s knowledge of Massachusetts General Law, as it relates to correctional regulations and practices, afforded him the distinct privilege of being appointed by Sheriff McCormack to several committees which reviewed, developed, and disseminated the Sheriff’s Office’s Personnel By-laws, in the areas of local and state correctional operating procedures.
Sheriff Ogden is honored to serve the people of Dukes County.
Special Sheriff James D. Neville
Honored to be appointed by Sheriff Ogden as the Special Sheriff of Dukes County in 2016, Special Sheriff Neville currently serves as the Superintendent of the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office Jail, House of Corrections and Regional Lockup.
Special Sheriff Neville graduated in 1990 from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. His career with the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office began in September of 1993, when he served as a Correctional Officer. From 2000 – 2002, he was the Manager of the Massachusetts Trial Court Office of Community Corrections, DCSO Community Corrections Center, and served as the Captain of Operations from 2002-2005.
Special Sheriff Neville completed the Municipal Police Training Committee Certificate Basic Course of training for Reserve/Intermittent Police Officers in June 2007. He worked with the Edgartown Police Department for the summer of 2007, and the Aquinnah Police Department from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he became a Sergeant for the West Tisbury Police Department, where he served the community until his appointment as Special Sheriff in 2016.
Special Sheriff Neville led the Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council (MVLEC) Tactical Response Team as the Team Operator from 2009 to 2016. He has been the recipient of the Sheriff’s Award, was named that Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 2003, and was both an Honor Graduate and the Class Vice President of the Plymouth Basic County Corrections Academy of 1995. A member of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard from 1994 through 2005, Special Sheriff Neville holds true to his heart the DCSO motto of “Integrity, Professionalism, and Respect”. He maintains professional memberships with the IACP, AJA, and the ACA, and attends monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association Superintendents.