Robert Swenszkowski was appointed to the position of Assistant Sheriff in September of 2018. This position provides administrative support to the Sheriff and Undersheriff. Swenszkowski previously served as Oneida County Undersheriff from 2011-2018 before retiring to take a full time position with Utica College as a Professor of Practice in Criminal Justice. He has been a life-long resident of Oneida County. He graduated from the Whitesboro Central School District in 1990 and attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he graduated in 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree, in Criminal Justice. He also graduated from Columbia College, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1992, Swenszkowski became a Correction Officer with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. During his time working at the Oneida County Correctional Facility he became a New York State Certified Police and Corrections Instructor in general topics and firearms. He was also one of the first members of the jail's Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T). He later became a Squad Leader of the 30 member unit. Asst. Sheriff Swenszkowski is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management & Group Crisis Intervention. He is a certified instructor in; General Topics, Firearms, Electronic Control Devices, RADAR/LiDAR, Domestic Violence, and Active Shooter Emergency Response.
In 2002, he received a position as a Deputy Sheriff in the Civil Division working as a plain clothes deputy until September of 2006. During his time in the Civil Division he graduated from the Mohawk Valley Police Academy as a New York State certified police officer and completed the N.Y.S. Sheriff's Association Basic Course for Civil Law Enforcement. Swenszkowski was an active member of the Sheriff's Honor Guard during his 14 years with the Agency. In September of 2006, he became a Police Officer with the Village of New York Mills and was promoted to Chief of Police in July of 2009, where he managed the sworn and civilian staff of the police department. During his time with the New York Mills Police, as both a Patrolman and Police Chief, he received a number of agency awards for accomplishments above and beyond the call of duty.
During his cumulative career with the Sheriff's Office, the Assistant Sheriff has received various awards and citations such as; Educational Achievement (3 times), Executive Education Citation, Honorable Service (2 times), Exceptional Duty (3 times), Good Conduct Citation (4 times), Ready Commendation, Promotion of Grade, 2014 & 2018 Presidential Security Detail Citations, Grand Cordon (11 times), Distinguished Volunteer, Drug Buster, The Oneida County Executive Officials Medal, Sheriff's Special Recognition, the Sheriff's Achievement Award and a myriad of other letters of commendation and recognition.
Assistant Sheriff Swenszkowski is currently a member of the New York State Sheriff's Association, Sergeant at Arms of the Oneida County Law Enforcement Coalition, and is the Secretary of the Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association. He also serves on the boards of ICAN (Integrated Community Alternatives Network) and Safe Schools Mohawk Valley. The Assistant Sheriff is also the Utica College Chapter Advisor and Professional Member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.