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Assistant Commissioner, Southern Region

M Finn with front

Title: Assistant Commissioner Southern Region

Name: Michael A. Finn

Native Of: County Kerry

Appointed: 22 November 2016

Joined: April 1982

Career Highlights:

Joined An Garda Síochána in April 1982, Assistant Commissioner Finn started his duty as a Garda in McCurtain Street in Cork city

1989: Promotion to Sergeant and served in Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim before returning to Cork City and then assigned as the District Clerk in Mayfield for four years and served as Sergeant in Charge of Mayfield Garda Station a further two years.

1996: Promoted to Inspector in 1996 and worked in a strategic role as Regional Inspector in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner Southern Region based in Cork City, in 2001 allocated to an Operation Unit and Court Inspector in Anglesea Street District in Cork city.

2002: Promoted to the rank of Superintendent and served as District Officer in Bantry and Bandon before returning to Cork City taking up as District Officer in Anglesea Street.

2008: Promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and initially attached to Bandon, County Cork in charge of Cork West Division before returning to Anglesea Street to take responsibility as Divisional Officer for Cork City Division in 2009.  During this tenure as Divisional Officer in Cork City Division, Assistant Commissioner Finn was also involved in a number of national initiatives including the introduction of the national incident management system on PULSE.

2016: Promoted to Assistant Commissioner in charge of Roads Policing in An Garda Síochána, operational policing in the Norther Region and the Office of Executive Support and Corporate Services at Garda Headquarters.

On the 8th February 2018 Assistant Commissioner Finn took charge of the South Eastern Region and based in Kilkenny. 

On the 26th August 2019 Assistant Commissioner Finn took charge of the new Eastern Region which combined the old Eastern and South Eastern Regions as part of the new Garda Operating Model. 

On the 4th March 2020 Assistant Commissioner Finn took charge of the Southern Region and is currently based in Cork City.

Assistant Commissioner Finn has led out on a number of initiatives at national level including the roll out of the Investigative Management System, the Divisional Policing Model and the Garda Operating Model.


  • Diploma in Personnel Management, University College Cork (1999)
  • Leaders for Tomorrow Programme 1999 – Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and Boston Police Department
  • Bachelor of Arts in Police Management (HETAC) – 2005
  • Masters of Business Administration, University College Cork – 2007
  • Innovation and Governance – Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University - (2008)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Police Leadership – Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin – 2009