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Volume 407
November 16, 2017
Election 2017 Update
We won't soon forget the 2017 elections. With the Office of Sheriff was on the ballot in 19 counties last week, and three races too close to call as of Monday, we will continue to track the results and share them with you. The Suffolk and Erie races are still officially too close to call. The Putnam County race has been called for challenger Robert L. Langley, Jr. The Delaware County results were inadvertently left out of our Special Election issue but are included below.
Acting Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond Runs Unopposed for a First Term

Acting Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond, who first took office in August of 2017 when Sheriff Thomas Mills retired, was elected to his first term as sheriff last week. Acting Sheriff DuMond, who has served as undersheriff for 6 years, was  nominated by the Republican, Democratic, and Conservative parties in his county and ran unopposed.
Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith Officially Concedes Election to Challenger Robert L. Langley, Jr.

Sheriff Smith conceded late Tuesday night to Robert Langley, Jr. “Mr. Langley will be the next Sheriff of Putnam County and I wish him well,” Sheriff Smith said. “I am very proud of the positive, clean campaign that we conducted and I believe our campaign upheld the honor and integrity of the office of sheriff.”

Mr. Langley served as a deputy in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office from 1984 until he retired in 2007. He was a Criminal Investigator assigned to forensics and identification, a member of the K-9 unit, and a training officer in emergency communications. In 1995, Robert was selected as member of the elite unit that served as security detail to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Yonkers. In 2012, he was given the Meritorious Service Award and the Medal of Honor from the Garrison Fire Company, as well as commendation from the Putnam County Executive, for his single-handed rescue of a family trapped by rising tidal waters in Super Storm Sandy.
Rockland County Sheriffs' Office Announces the Passing for Former Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie
Former Rockland County Undersheriff Thomas John Guthrie died on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Nyack Hospital. He was 85.

Tom began his law enforcement career with the NYPD where he served for 25 years, rising to the rank of Inspector. After retiring from the NYPD, he served as Traffic Commissioner for the City of New York for several years.

He then began his third career, with the Rockland County Sheriff's Office, where he served for 32 years. He was Undersheriff to both Sheriff Tom Goldrick and Sheriff Jim Kralik. Tom was a delightful gentleman and very active with the Sheriffs’ Association. He retired in 2011 at the age of 80.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Hwy, Tappan, with burial to follow at Tappan Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Mounted Police Foundation of Rockland County, c/o the Rockland County Sheriff's Department, 55 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956.
Saratoga County Sheriffs' Deputy Passes Away Suddenly
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo announced the untimely death of Sheriff Deputy John Brown, who collapsed Sunday while on a race training run through Alba ny. Deputy Brown, a triathlete, was 45 years old.

"The men and women of my department are strong and we'll get through this," Zurlo said. "On Sunday, our first thoughts went out to his wife (Jessica) and son. I'm thinking of them."

Deputy Brown had worked for the Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He had also worked for the South Glens Falls Police Department and served in the U.S. Marine Corps .

Funeral services will be held Friday at Grace Fellowship Church at 20 Delatour Road, Watervliet. A law enforcement viewing will be held at 9:15 a.m., followed by apublic viewing and funeral service. Law enforcement officers will stage at the church beginning at 8:45. Deputy Brown will be buried at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the John Brown Memorial Fund at Ballston Spa National Bank or mailed to the Saratoga County DSPBA, P.O. Box 2291, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike Receives Re-Accreditation of his Corrections Division
Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike received reaccreditation of his Corrections Division from the Sheriffs' Association this week before the Yates County Legislature. Recognized for their extra efforts in guiding the agency through the accreditation process were Undersheriff Howard Davis, Jr., Chief Correction Officer Jared Bailey, and Analyst Michelle Worden.

"This achievement is a credit to our best assets, the men and women that work at the county jail ---- for this is a job that few seek, but a job needed for the conserving of peace in our community," Sheriff Spike said in his remarks. Under his leadership, Yates County is one of six counties in New York to hold all five accreditations that are available to a Sheriff's Office. This includes: Civil, Correction, Court Security, and PSAP accreditation from the Sheriffs' Association and Law Enforcement accreditation from the NYS Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council.  Congratulations!

Photo: Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Sheriff Ron Spike, Analyst Michelle Worden, Chief Correction Officer Jared Bailey, and Undersheriff Howard Davis, J r.
New York State Police 100th Anniversary Gala
Among those marking the close of the 100 th  anniversary year of the New York State Police at their Gala in Saratoga Springs last week were Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O’Neill and NYSSA Executive Director Peter R. Kehoe, shown here with State Police Superintendent George Beach. Sheriff O’Neil spent 28 years as a New York State Trooper before retiring as a Senior Investigator in 2012. In 2013 she was elected to the Office of Jefferson County Sheriff, a post once also held by her late father, Al O’Neill, who himself had reached high rank in the State Police, retiring as a Captain, before being appointed Sheriff by Governor Hugh Carey in 1977. 
Sheriffs' Winter Training Conference
84th Annual 
Sheriffs' Winter Conference

January 21 to 
January 24, 2018

Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany

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