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Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has been named the 2023 Sheriff of the Year by the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA). The award was presented to Koutoujian during MCSA’s Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9, a news release said; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas was among those present.

Arlington is one of the dozens of municipalities within Middlesex County.

In bestowing the award, the new MCSA president, Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Sheriff Bill Brown, recognized Koutoujian for his focus on employee wellness; for the innovative correctional programming he has implemented for incarcerated military veterans, emerging adults and those with substance use disorders; and for other accomplishments.

Brown also lauded Koutoujian for his service as MCSA president from February 2020 to February 2022, when Koutoujian worked with two presidential administrations, helped grow MCSA membership by 15 percent while simultaneously increasing the diversity of the membership and led MCSA's response to the Covd-19 pandemic.

“As a professional, there is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers –- inspiring leaders whom I truly admire,” Koutoujian was quoted as saying in the news release from his office. “As an MCSA member, I have had the incredible opportunity to work alongside some of the most highly regarded corrections and law enforcement leaders on the most pressing issues facing our country. These men and women are dedicated to serving their communities, and I am truly proud to count them as friends and colleagues.”

In addition to his work with MCSA, he is also a past president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association and a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. He was also recently elected vice chair of the Council of State Governments Justice Center Advisory Board.

Koutoujian awardMiddlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, second from right, accepts the Sheriff of the Year award. Pictured also are, from left, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Motorola Solutions Vice President Frank Galvin, MCSA President Bill Brown and MCSA Immediate Past President Dennis Lemma.photo courtesy MCSA

Established in 1998, Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) states that it is a professional law enforcement association made up on the largest sheriff's offices in the United States, with members representing more than 130 million Americans. To learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, visit middlesexsheriff.org.

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This news announcement was published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, based on information from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.