Dion Irish has served the city of Boston for 25 years in various leadership positions. He is a graduate of Dorchester High School; he earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Boston University, a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Suffolk University.
Commissioner Irish worked at Boston Inspectional Services (ISD) for 17 years, serving as Assistant Commissioner/Director of Housing Inspections for 12 years, where he helped establish nationally recognized programs such as Breath Easy At Home (BEAH), Rental Property Registration, and the statewide comprehensive certification training for housing inspectors (MPHIT).
In 2012, Dion was appointed Executive Director of Boston’s Office of Civil Rights (now called the Office of Fair Housing and Equity), where he established interagency collaborations to address housing discrimination and lead paint in homes, both of which limited opportunities for families and children. In 2014, he was selected to receive the “Henry L. Shattuck Award” for public service from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.
In August 2015, Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Mr. Irish as Commissioner of the City’s Election Department where he oversaw the implementation of two cycles of “Early Voting”, the administration of 11 elections, and a citywide review of precincts and address assignments. Mr. Irish also worked to upgrade the department’s technology, increase cybersecurity, and expand civic engagement through collaborations with the Boston Public Schools and other partners.