Sheriff's Biography


Kevin F. Coppinger is the 31st elected Sheriff of Essex County. He took office in January, 2017.

Sheriff Coppinger is committed to bring positive change to the Sheriff's Department by improving staff skills, training and accountability; expanding mental health services and detox treatment to confront the opioid epidemic; improving the re-entry programs and community follow-up; and by strengthening collaboration with municipal public safety leaders and community groups and organizations.

Sheriff Coppinger previously served as Chief of the Lynn Police Department. During his thirty-three year career, he served as a Lynnfield Police Officer before transferring to the Lynn Police Department in 1985. In Lynn, after a similar assignment as a Patrol Officer, he was promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant where he served as the Internal Affairs/Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator. In 1993, Captain Coppinger was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Second Division. In 1995, he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of the Administrative functions of the Department. In January of 2001, he became Deputy Chief in charge of Operations overseeing the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. In 2009, Kevin Coppinger was appointed Acting Chief and in December, 2009, was permanently appointed Chief.

As Chief of the Lynn Police Department, Coppinger distinguished himself as an innovative leader in public safety on the local, county and statewide level. Collaborating with other chiefs, the District Attorney, the courts and community groups, he worked to identify and employ more effective strategies and programs to prevent crime. Recognizing his involvement in efforts to improve community policing and regional work to combat drug crimes, Coppinger was invited to be part of the White House 21st Century Policing Initiative in Washington, D.C. to brainstorm new ideas with Senior Obama Administration Officials about how to enhance public confidence in the justice system.

Sheriff Coppinger is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and graduated from Anna Maria College with a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the 203rd Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Coppinger is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and CPR/First Responder Instructor.

He served as Treasurer of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police and a member of the Essex County Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Chief of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates. He was appointed by the Governor to the State 911 Commission where he served as Vice Chairman representing the Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
William Gerke Special Sheriff ext. 3335