Everett A. Gillison
Everett A. Gillison has had a very extensive career serving as a public servant for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Forty-four years ago, he began his work as a Social Worker for in the Social and Psychiatric Services Division of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia. After serving for 6 years, he left and attended the Syracuse College of Law. In 1985, he returned to the Defenders Association of Philadelphia where he worked for the next 23 years, developing into an outstanding trial attorney and advocate in the Special Defense and Homicide Units. In recognition of his efforts, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of American Trial Lawyers.
The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, appointed him Deputy Mayor for Public Safety on January 7, 2008. In his position he supervised the Police and Fire Departments, Prisons, Office of Emergency Management, and the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders. He also was the administration point person on Criminal Justice and worked with the various criminal justice partners.
On October 31, 2011, Mr. Gillison was appointed Chief of Staff by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Gillison served as a close adviser to the Mayor and was responsible for the coordination of policy among the various cabinet officials of the government in addition to his responsibilities as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety.
After the close of the Nutter administration, in June of 2016 Mr. Gillison was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. He is completing a 3 and one-half year term as of January 2020.
Mr. Gillison is a native Philadelphian. He grew up in West Philadelphia, graduating from University City High School, the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and Syracuse University College of Law.
Mr. Gillison just recently celebrated 31 years of marriage to his beautiful wife, Elaine, and is the proud father of two extraordinary daughters, Olivia and Victoria.