PITTSFIELD — During an event attended by more than 200 area residents and numerous public officials, Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler on Thursday formally launched his campaign for another term.
"This has been an honor and a privilege for the past five and a half years," Bowler told supporters gathered at the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.
The incumbent, first elected in 2010 is thus far unopposed for another six-year term as head of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and administrator of the Jail and House of Correction
"I've got 31 years in public service, as a police officer and a sheriff," Bowler said. "Very easy to retire."
But he said he remains enthusiastic about his job and is inspired by working with others in the field. He paid tribute to the Pittsfield Police Department, where he worked 24 years before running for sheriff.
"The people I worked with, bar none, are some of the most talented — just great comrades, intelligent and wonderful people I've ever worked with," Bowler said. "There wasn't a day I did not want to go to work. I enjoyed my job immensely, as a police officer, and because of the people I worked with and the people of this community."
He said he feels fortunate today because, "I'm working with some of the most talented individuals in Berkshire County ... I'm proud to work with them, proud to serve with them, and most importantly, I'm proud to serve all of you."
Bowler added, "Because of you, your confidence in me, your generosity, your support, we've been able to accomplish a great deal over the last five and a half years."
He referred to the department's emphasis on a collaborative approach to inmate education, providing medical and mental health services and job experiences, leading into post-incarceration efforts to help them transition back into society.
"I'm very proud to say, I am going again for another six years," Bowler said.
The event was attended by a number of municipal and state officials and candidates for state offices this year, along with many officials in law enforcement or public safety throughout the county.
Bowler is a 1978 graduate of Taconic High School and a graduate of American International College in Springfield, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1982 and a master's degree in criminal justice in 1988.
Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.