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Kristin MacKay

Kristin MacKay is the Director of Public Relations and Strategic Initiatives for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. In this position, Kristin oversees the Offices of Public Relations, the Community Relations Unit, and the Office of Management and Planning.

Kristin began her career with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of many of the jail’s inmate rehabilitation initiatives and community programs. In 2013, she coordinated the development of the Youth Tier Initiative and the Youth Reentry Task Force, working with volunteer and contract agencies to improve jail-based and transitional services for young incarcerated men and women. In 2016, Kristin assisted in the development of the Incarcerated Veterans Program and Veterans Reentry Task Force at the Yaphank Jail.

Beginning in 2018, as part of Sheriff Toulon’s Administration, Kristin’s focus shifted to assisting the County Sheriff with his unique set of goals and priorities – and working with local, state, and national media outlets to help convey Sheriff Toulon’s message of reform and his common sense approach to law enforcement. In addition to press-related functions, Kristin also plays a significant role in community relations for the Sheriff’s Office, interacting with various constituencies and local groups to address issues and concerns. She also oversees the Sheriff’s Community Relations Unit.

Kristin has a long and varied career in government. She began her career in 1997 working as an Aide to Congressman Michael P. Forbes and later worked for 4-years as the Director of Community Relations and Constituent Services under Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney. In 2000, Kristin was appointed by former Governor George E. Pataki to serve as a Member of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals and later, in 2004, she was appointed the Director of the Foreign Trade Zone for the Town of Islip.