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Dion Irish

Commissioner, Elections Department

Dion Irish has served the City of Boston for 22 years in various positions. Dion is a graduate of Dorchester High, he earned bachelors and masters degrees from Boston University; and he is a candidate for Master of Public Administration Degree at Suffolk University.

Mr. Irish served as Assistant Commissioner/Director of Boston Inspectional Service’s Housing Inspection Division for 12 years, where he helped to establish the nationally recognized Breath Easy At Home (BEAH) program to address childhood asthma, and cofounded Massachusetts’s award winning certification training for housing inspectors.

Dion served as the Executive Director of Boston’s Office of Civil Rights (now called the Office of Fair Housing and Equity) for three years, where he established an interagency collaboration to address housing discrimination and lead paint in homes, both of which limited opportunities for families and children. In 2014 Dion was selected to receive the Henry L. Shattuck Award for public service from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.

In August of 2015 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, appointed Mr. Irish to his current position as Commissioner of the City’s Election Department, and Chairman of the Election Commission Board, where he has established an ambitious agenda to advance democracy through innovation, technology, and increasing access.