Essex County Sheriff Candidate William Castro Appears on Open Mike

William Castro is a Methuen Democrat currently serving as a member of Essex County Sheriff’s Department Security Investigation Division and assigned to a federal agency.

William Castro, a candidate for Essex County sheriff, appears on the Open Mike Show Monday, April 4, with Tim Coco.

Castro, a Methuen Democrat, is seeking to replace Frank Cousins, who is retiring from the position after 20 years. He is currently a member of Essex County Sheriff’s Department Security Investigation Division (SI) and assigned to a federal agency, serving as a Task Force Agent (TFA). If elected, he pledges to ask the state auditor’s office to conduct a full audit of the department to identify deficiencies, bring qualified minorities into administrative positions, expand the department’s new Drug Detox Housing Unit, help communities address the opioid crisis and “attack” overtime expenses, among other goals.

“My goal as sheriff is to work side by side with community leaders identifying and addressing problems presently affecting the quality of life of our cities/towns. I will utilize social service organizations which are committed to helping families and Inmates build a better life, by developing inner strength, teaching life skills, parenting skills and providing vital community-based resources,” Castro said in a statement.

He began his career in 1999 as an Essex County Sheriff’s Department correctional officer in Middleton. Castro has received a number of commendations including those from New England Narcotic Enforcement Officers’ Association, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Lowell Police Department and Greater Boston Federal Executive Board “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

“I will provide positive support to inmates and their families in the way of programs, such as substance abuse counseling, detox, emotional health, mentoring and parenting programs to name a few. These programs would reduce re-incarceration of inmates and greatly improve the quality of life in our cities and towns,” Castro has said.

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