Thomas Francis Meagher Award
James Cummings has been Sheriff of Barnstable County for going on 16 years.
In 1974, not long after an honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Jim began a law enforcement career with the Massachusetts State Police.
He left 24 years later to run for Sheriff. By then he'd become a court-qualified expert on organized crime, gaming, narcotics, and arson. Detective Lieutenant Cummings ended his years in blue investigating and helping prosecnte crime for the State Police Detective unit assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office. He also taught and helped set up the State Police's first homicide school.
His first job as Sheriff was to hammer out a mission statement ... one that demands the attention of the three hundred and fifty employees who work for him. Its pillars are Compassion, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Integrity -- with special emphasis on the latter.
Public service was an honorable profession when Jim Cummings took the sheriffs helm in 1999 and he's made it more so today.
Sheriff Cummings has a great appreciation for our veterans and has raised funds for many veterans groups and organization here on Cape Cod including Cape Cod Cares for the Troops and Hero's in Transition. The Sheriff has also used his Community Service Crews to build ramps for handicapped veterans and they have also done extensive work on the new Grace Veterans Center in Mashpee as well as doing work on many VFW' s and American Legion Post across the Cape.