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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 181/2: Undersecretaries; duties

Section 181/2. The secretary shall, subject to section 3, appoint 4 undersecretaries. Each person appointed as an undersecretary shall have experience and shall know the field or functions of such position, shall receive such salary as the secretary shall determine and shall devote his full time to the duties of the office.

One undersecretary shall be the undersecretary for law enforcement and shall oversee the functions and administration of the following boards and agencies: the department of state police, the municipal police training committee, and the office of grants and research.

One undersecretary shall be the undersecretary of criminal justice and shall oversee the functions and administration of the following boards and agencies: the sex offender registry board, the department of corrections, including the parole board and all other agencies within said department.

One undersecretary shall be the undersecretary of homeland security and shall oversee the functions and administration of the following boards and agencies: the Massachusetts emergency management agency, the department of fire services, the military department and the nuclear safety department.

One undersecretary shall be the undersecretary for forensic sciences. The undersecretary shall oversee the statewide emergency telecommunications board, the department of criminal justice information services, the automated fingerprint identification system, and the state 911 department; and shall work in conjunction with law enforcement authorities and shall coordinate all forensic science resources, appropriations and grants; shall oversee the functions and administration of the office of the chief medical examiner, the state police crime laboratory and such other forensic entities as the secretary shall assign from time to time; and shall convene the forensic science advisory board consistent with the duties set forth in section 184A of chapter 6.

Each undersecretary shall coordinate the functions and the programs of the agencies as directed by the secretary. Each undersecretary shall conduct studies of the operations of each agency and work with each agency in effecting procedures and programs which promote efficiency and improvements in the administration of the agency. Each undersecretary shall assist the secretary in reviewing and acting upon budgetary and other financial matters concerning those agencies in accordance with sections 2C, 3, 3A, 4, 9B and 29 of chapter 29.