About the Ministry
Mario Di Tommaso
Deputy Minister of Community Safety
Mario Di Tommaso was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety in October 2018.
Previously, Mario held the rank of Staff Superintendent of Communities and Neighbourhood Command with the Toronto Police Service. Mario has more than 38 years of progressive policing experience in community safety, homicide, major crime, intelligence, national security, drug investigations, major incident management and community relations. In his role as Staff Superintendent, Mario was responsible for eight police Divisions, Traffic Operations, Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit. He oversaw a staff of approximately 2,250 officers, 500 civilians and a $300M budget.
Mario held a number of positions over his distinguished career at the Toronto Police Service and served on various committees including, but not limited to, the Mayor’s Committee on Supervised Injection and Overdose Prevention sites and the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel. Mario has also co-chaired the Chief of Police’s Muslim Community Consultative Committee. In 2017, Mario represented the Toronto Police Service in, and graduated from the IALG – Pearls in Policing Program, a Senior International Police Leadership Program.
Mario holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph Humber, a Certificate in Law Enforcement and Administration from the University of Toronto, and is a Graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. He also holds his Certified Municipal Manager designation.
Mario was invested into the Order of Merit for the Police Forces by the Governor General at the Officer rank, and has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal - 30 year bar, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Deputy Minister of Correctional Services
Sam Erry was appointed Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in October 2017.
Together with his executive team and ministry partners, Sam is leading the unprecedented reform of Ontario’s Correctional Services with a clear focus on safety, human rights and dignity.
Sam is a seasoned executive with demonstrated experience in implementing complex, enterprise-wide transformations. He has held several senior executive positions over his career in the Ontario Public Service, including Associate Deputy Minister in Cabinet Office, Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat and Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations at ServiceOntario.
As a values-based and inclusive leader, Sam believes that a transformational leader should be authentic and engage with honesty and integrity.