The Sheriff is the Chief Law
Enforcement Officer of the county and is responsible for the safety of people,
service to the courts and preservation of property within the County of Oneida.
As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, and one of just three constitutionally
mandated officials elected by the citizens of the county, the Sheriff is
responsible for, and accountable to, the county's 231,000 citizens.
The Sheriff is supported and assisted by the Undersheriff,
who has statutory authority to conduct all business within the purview of the
Office of Sheriff. The position of Undersheriff is appointed by the Sheriff.
Chief Deputies supervise divisions, of which the Sheriff's Office has three:
Civil, Correction and Law Enforcement. The position of Chief Deputy is
appointed. Chief Deputies are generally persons who have been promoted through
the ranks of the Sheriff's Office, as their positions require knowledge
specific to the operational aspects of their division. Chief Deputy Liddy heads the Correction Division.
Chief Deputy Owens heads the Law Enforcement and Civil Divisions.
The Budget Unit of the Sheriff's Office oversees and distributes the Sheriff's
twenty-one million dollar budget. The unit is directed by a Principal
Accounting Supervisor and staffed by two fulltime principal account clerks and
several part-time account clerks.
Information Services - OCIS - provides the
Sheriff's Office with electronic and data services and support, including
network, computer, telephone, cell phone and radio services.
Personnel is responsible for,
and to, the Sheriff’s Office 450 employees. Coordinating directly with
the Oneida County Personnel Department, the Sheriff’s Personnel unit acquires
and maintains employment records for all personnel employed by the Sheriff’s