At a ceremony on Friday morning, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol administered the Oath of Office to the most diverse and largest number of Road Patrol Deputies ever hired at one time by the Sheriff’s Office. The new Deputy Sheriff’s were sworn in just ahead of Monday, April 1st which will be the first day of the Mohawk Valley Police Academy.

Twenty new Deputies have joined the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division filling vacancies created by several retirements and transfers. Sixteen of the new Deputies will begin twenty-six weeks of training at the police academy followed by twelve weeks of field training. If successful, they would be patrolling the streets of the county by the end of the year. Four of the new hires are graduates of the Phase 1 Pre -Employment Police Academy and will only require a few weeks of additional training before being sent out on their own to patrol.

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. joined Sheriff Maciol at today's ceremony and addressed the new Deputies and their families.

Today's ceremony was held at the Deputy Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building in Oriskany.

The new Deputies appointed today are:

Mohammad M. Aldoori, age 31 of Utica (born in Iraq / became a U.S. Citizen recently)

Sanel Besli, age 32 of Utica (born in Bosnia)

Austin S. Cady, age 21 of New Hartford

Andrew J. Citriniti, age 26 of Sauquoit

Medin Divovic, age 34 of Utica (born in Bosnia)

Steven P. Eilers, age 36 of Deansboro

Ryan C Fleury, age 21 of New Hartford

Christopher J. Grasso, age 27 of Whitesboro

Justin P. Houle, age 22 of Rome

Wesley A. Jackson, age 30 of Utica

Jeffrey D. Kistner, age 24 of Utica

Dennis J. Kowalski, Jr., age 28 of Oneida

Casey A. Lewis, age 30 of Waterville

Luke B. Mack, age 22 of Camden

Andrew W. Mallinder, age 23 of Oneida

Nicholas Marcano, age 28 of Camden

Colleen M. Moran, age 28 of Whitesboro

Zachary S. Przybla, age 25 of Westmoreland

James P. Quinn, age 24 of New Hartford

Olga Vakulchik, age 30 of Utica (born in Belarus)