As a police officer and union official at various levels, Hugh has dedicated his professional life to bettering the working conditions of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement who protect this great nation. He began his career in law enforcement as a correction officer in 1982. He then became a police officer with the Sharon Police Department in 1984. Hugh was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1997.
His interest in labor relations began early in his career when he was elected Treasurer of the Sharon Police Association in 1985. After serving the police union in that capacity, Hugh was elected President of that organization in 1988.
In 1996, he was elected an Area Vice- President for the Massachusetts Coalition of Police. In 1999, he was elected the President of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.
He has also been appointed to numerous positions throughout his career such as: Vice President of Norfolk County Central Labor Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield Labor Advisory Committee Member, Massachusetts Labor Guild Board Member, Mass. AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. Committee, and he was the very first police officer to be appointed to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO State Federation to provide a voice for those individuals not being heard or represented.
Hugh also served as Vice-President for the International Union of Police Associations representing Region 12. As a charter organization, the Massachusetts Coalition of Police has been an active member of I.U.P.A. since its inception. With his experience, expertise, and track record, Hugh looks forward to his continued work with President Sam Cabral in bringing the International Union of Police Associations into the future.