Chief Deputy Jonathan G. Owens - Operations
Chief Deputy Jon Owens is the Division Commander for both the Civil
and Law Enforcement Divisions of the Sheriff's Office.
Chief Owens began his law enforcement career as a Correction Officer
at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. In 1989, he became a Police Officer with
the Town of Kirkland, where he worked for 11 years. Following his time with the
Kirkland Police Department, he was employed by the Village of Whitesboro Police
department. In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant
The Chief has been instrumental in the IT realm of law enforcement
and has created numerous computer programs for internal use at the various
law enforcement agencies in efforts to further their technological progress.
Chief Owens maintains his involvement in IT work in an effort to stay
current with today's technology. Chief Owens is a NYSDCJS Certified General
Topic Instructor and has taught both highway drug interdiction and advanced
accident re-constructionist. Chief Owens has attended training through the
New York State Sheriff's Association for both civil and law enforcement
supervisors and is continuously networking throughout the law enforcement
community to further advance the mission of the Sheriff's Office.
In 2015 the Chief graduated from the 259th Session
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
Nation Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The 11 week course involves law
enforcement executives participating in graduate and undergraduate level
studies as well as rigid physical fitness programs, including a final 6.1
mile obstacle course dubbed "The Yellow Brick Road" where participants
receive a "Yellow Brick" upon completion.The Chief also received the "Blue Brick" Swimming award for the
accomplishment of swimming a cumulative distance of 34 miles, the equivalent
of swimming from Quantico, Virginia to Washington D.C.
Chief Owens has received agency awards and citations such as;
Promotion of Grade, 2014 Presidential Security Detail Citation, FBINA
Citation, Exceptional Service, and Grand Cordon (7 times).
Chief Owens is a member of the New York State Sheriff's
Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and serves as
Treasurer of the Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Foundation.