Undersheriff Gary Sullivan was hired as a Patrolman with the Seneca Falls Police Department in October of 1978. In 1981, he was promoted to the supervisory rank of Sergeant, a rank he held until his retirement in 1998. Undersheriff Sullivan earned an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Cayuga Community College, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Syracuse University, and a one year certificate in Fire Protection Technology from Corning Community College.
In October of 1998, he retired from the Seneca Falls Police Department and was immediately hired as an Investigator by the New York State Insurance Department’s Insurance Frauds Bureau where he was responsible for conducting complex multi-agency and jurisdictional criminal investigations. Those investigations led to hundreds of criminal arrests, prosecutions, and convictions. In 2004, he was promoted to Senior Investigator and assigned to the Rochester Office of the NYS Insurance Frauds Bureau.
Since 1985, Undersheriff Sullivan has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the NYS Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, New York where he was responsible for teaching police and fire investigators the techniques of fire and arson investigation. His expertise in this field has been called upon by police fire investigators across the State of New York. During this time, he has personally taught thousands of police officers, fire officers, and investigators from throughout the world the techniques for successful arson investigations and prosecutions.
Undersheriff Sullivan is a Past President of the New York Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. The New York Chapter is the second largest State Chapter within the International Association of Arson Investigators and has a constant steady membership of 1000 members who hail from police and fire departments State-wide, as well as Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors. During his tenure in this capacity, he completely revamped the way the Chapter conducted its business and put in place a business model which is used to this day. He also revamped the training programs sponsored by the NY Chapter which has resulted in a more comprehensive training identification and delivery system for its members.
Undersheriff Sullivan has also been an adjunct instructor for Cayuga Community College’s Criminal Justice Program where he taught a College level course in Constitutional Law. He is a certified Police Instructor and has lectured throughout the State of New York on various topics ranging from fire and arson investigation techniques, interviewing suspects and witnesses, and white collar investigations and prosecution.
As Undersheriff, Gary serves as program manager for achieving NYS recognized Accreditation in all four Sheriff’s Office Divisions - Law Enforcement, Corrections, Civil and Court Security. In addition to these duties, he has oversight of the Corrections and Records Divisions.
Together with Sheriff Stenberg, Undersheriff Sullivan is committed to reducing operational costs of the Sheriff’s Office, generating income from outside sources to defray the tax burden, taking full advantage of State-wide grants, and helping to restore public confidence in the Sheriff’s Office.