Brad served as Sheriff of Middlesex County, directing 750 employees and a $20 Million annual budget and is best remembered for vowing to go to jail personally, before releasing inmates early due to overcrowding. The “High Sheriff of Middlesex County” – is a constitutional office and chief public safety official. Middlesex is also the largest county in Massachusetts with 1.5 million citizens living in 54 cities and towns.
Brad ran two separate facilities, the Cambridge Jail and the Billerica House of Corrections. Cambridge housed pre-trial detainees accused of all crimes, especially the most serious in the county: murders, rapes, and armed robberies. The House of Corrections, for the most part, housed inmates who had been convicted of misdemeanors and/or light felonies (crimes that could result in either jail or prison sentences). He was also responsible for females serving 2 ½ years or less at the State Prison in Framingham and managed the service of civil process (legal papers, summons, eviction notices) and courthouse security for the Middlesex Superior Court and the 12 district courthouses in Middlesex.
He was also known for donating jail and prison weightlifting equipment to local schools and charities; for creating a prison vegetable garden tended by inmates, the produce from which was donated to local food banks and homeless shelters. He also created a program where inmates converted abandoned construction pallets into park benches and picnic tables, which were donated to cities and towns for public use and for implementing a first of its kind graffiti removal program operated by inmates whose services were donated to cities and towns. He also put inmates to work painting schools, and public buildings, picking up litter, cleaning streets and shoveling snow. Adopted by most Sheriffs now, these were all cutting edge initiatives at the time.