Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett will step down from his post in Gov. Charlie Baker's cabinet and will be replaced as secretary by Department of Correction Commissioner Thomas A. Turco III, the administration confirmed Tuesday evening.

 Turco, of Auburn, has been running the state prison system since 2016. From 2003 to 2015, he was chief probation officer in Worcester Superior Court.

He worked as a probation officer in Westboro District Court from 1989 to 2000 and served as probation officer in charge of the Department of Community Corrections in Worcester from 2000 to 2003.

A graduate of St. Anselm College, Turco holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College.

Bennett, a former prosecutor in Worcester County, has served as the top public safety official in Baker's cabinet since the Republican governor took office in 2015. The administration did not say when Bennett's final day in the administration will be.

"Dan has shown steadfast leadership working across state and local government on critical issues like fighting the opioid epidemic, radically transforming Bridgewater State Hospital and working with the State Police to implement several important reforms," Baker said in a statement. "We thank him for his public service, wish him well in the future and look forward to welcoming Commissioner Turco and his thirty years of experience to the cabinet."

The change was announced by the Baker Administration Tuesday night in a press release announcing a "transition" at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

During the gubernatorial campaign, Baker's opponent, Democrat Jay Gonzalez, called on the governor to fire Bennett. Gonzalez said Baker had not done enough to address the ongoing overtime abuse scandal at the Massachusetts State Police, which falls under Bennett's jurisdiction.

"The buck stops with him as secretary of public safety, and he's responsible for making sure the State Police and every agency under his watch is serving the public, and he's fallen down on that job," Gonzalez said in September.

Colin A. Young of State House News Service contributed to this report.