John A. Evon is a lifelong Massachusetts resident who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness from the highly-touted Springfield College and a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. John has served with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department since 1996. During his tenure, he has primarily assisted the Department in promoting health and wellness to the staff through spirit, mind and body, serving as a Fitness Officer and Wellness Manager for 20 years before being elevated to Chief Administrative Officer. He has received numerous commendations within the Department for acts of lifesaving and innovation, including: Employee of the Month honors, Employee of the Quarter awards, a Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Commendation award, a Distinguished Service award, a Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technician’s Life Save award, and most recently the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Correctional Employee of the Year award for his work on segregation reform.
John was highly instrumental in the development of an incentive-based system to the restrictive housing units that encourages positive behavioral change. John was nationally recognized when he co-authored “The Utilization of MP3 Players in Correctional Segregation Units,” which was featured in the January 2013 edition of Corrections Today. In his free time he serves as the Director of Operations for The Law Enforcement Torch Run Program for Special Olympics and is a board member of the Hampden County Community Impact Foundation. He also serves as a committee member for numerous non-profits that include the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. John resides in Ludlow, Massachusetts with his loving wife Beth and beautiful daughter Maxyne.