Tim Whelan, a four-term State Representative for the 1st Barnstable District, a 21-year Massachusetts State Police veteran, and a former shift commander in the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, has announced his candidacy for Barnstable County Sheriff.
Elected in 2014 to the State Legislature representing the 1st Barnstable District, Whelan currently serves on the state legislative commission which examines funding of state and county level correctional agencies, equitable hiring by civil service and non-civil public safety agencies, and State Police hiring and promotions.
In 2019 Whelan was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Massachusetts Police Association. In 2018, Whelan was named “Legislator of the Year” by both the Massachusetts Correctional Officers Federated Union and the Massachusetts State Police Commissioned Officers Association. In 2017, he was named “Legislator of the Year” by the New England Police Benevolent Association.
In addition, for the past seven years Whelan has served as the ranking member on the Joint Committee on Public Service, which oversees the public employee employment law, collective bargaining rights, retirement, and related benefit matters. He also serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which develops the state budget of over $47.6 billion.
Previously, Tim Whelan was a decorated State Police Sergeant and shift commander in both the Bourne and South Yarmouth State Police Barracks, receiving the Division Commander’s Award twice for outstanding performance of duties. He also was trained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in strategic counter terrorism and emergency response.
Prior to that, Whelan was a Lieutenant and shift commander with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department in both the medium-and-minimum security sections, as well as a line officer serving in maximum security and protective custody.
A Marine Corps veteran trained at Parris Island, S.C., Whelan attended Western New England University with a concentration in law enforcement. He was trained at the Massachusetts State Police Academy, and later had advanced training courses in narcotics, advanced investigations, and personnel management. He also received the “Commissioner’s Award” for highest academic performance at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections Training Academy.
Whelan lives in Brewster with his wife Lisa. They have two adult daughters Maggie and Katie and a feisty labradoodle named Dougal.