“Coffee with your Sheriff’s Office”

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office hosted “Coffee with your Sheriff’s Office” on Friday, March 1, 2024. The event was held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus and offered a unique opportunity for members of the community to meet and interact with members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office provided tours of the Law Enforcement Center and spoke about public safety issues affecting our community. Members from all Divisions participated in the event and the turnout exceeded expectations.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “We are committed to this community and value the public’s trust. This event turned out fantastic and we intend to continue building positive relationships with those that we serve and protect. I want to thank the community members for participating and I am very proud of our members for the amazing work that they do each and every day.”

Swearing-In Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, February 22, 2024, for two of its newest Correction Officers that recently joined the ranks. Seneca County Clerk Tina Lotz administered the oaths of office at the ceremony held at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus.

Correction Officer Amy Ventura is returning to the Sheriff’s Office and has prior experience working in the Corrections Division.

Correction Officer Caleb Corbett comes to the Sheriff’s Office with prior experience in hospital security and starts the Basic School for Correction Officers on Monday, February 26th.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “We are very happy to see them join the team and wish them the very best in the future.”

National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the critically important work that School Resource Officers provide to our schools today and every day. We appreciate their commitment to keeping our schools safe while also building positive relationships with the students, staff, and families.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office provides two School Resource Officers to the South Seneca Central School District and one School Resource Officer to the Romulus Central School District.


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the School Resource Officer Program and appreciates the positive working relationships that has been built with the School Districts. This program could also not be possible without the partnership and continued support from the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.


MEET OUR SRO’S


Deputy Zachary Nelson is currently assigned to the South Seneca Middle and Jr./Sr. High School Campus in Ovid. Deputy Nelson has extensive experience in narcotics identification and has the additional responsibility of being a K-9 handler. His partner, K-9 Coski, is stationed with him at the school. K-9 Coski is trained to passively alert in the detection of narcotics, but also loves to socialize with students and staff. Deputy Nelson has successfully completed Crisis Intervention Training and is currently a Field Training Officer, Child Car Seat Technician, Project Lifesaver Coordinator, and Police Instructor. He also has tactical experience through his time on the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team.


Deputy Tiffany Nolin is currently assigned to the South Seneca Elementary School Campus in Interlaken. Deputy Nolin has successfully completed both Basic and Advanced School Resource Officer Training. She has also successfully completed Crisis Intervention Training and is currently a Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, Crime Scene Photographer, and Evidence Technician. Deputy Nolin holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Finger Lakes Community College.


Deputy Grace Lipker is currently assigned to the Romulus Central School District Campus in Romulus. Deputy Lipker started in this role in January of 2024 and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the students and staff. Deputy Lipker has training in Emergency Response, Crisis Intervention, and Juvenile Law. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology with New Hampshire University.

Image 1: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers with K-9 Coski

Image 2: Deputy Zachary Nelson

Image 3: Deputy Tiffany Nolin

Image 4: Deputy Grace Lipker

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Swearing-In Ceremony

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, February 9, 2024, for two of its newest Deputy Sheriffs that recently joined the ranks. Seneca County Clerk Tina Lotz administered the oaths of office at the ceremony held at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus.

Deputy Sheriff Glen Addicott (pictured in uniform) comes to the Sheriff’s Office with prior law enforcement experience with the Cornell University Police Department.

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Morgan (pictured in a suit) transferred from the Corrections Division and started the Basic Course for Police Officers Training on February 12th at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “I wish them the best and look forward to their continued success with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.”

Attempt to Identify

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help with identifying the pictured individuals that were involved in a larceny investigation at a business in the Town of Junius. If anyone can identify the individuals, please contact Deputy Westlake by email at twestlake@co.seneca.ny.us or by phone at (315) 220-3250. Information may be kept confidential.

STOP-DWI SUPER BOWL “HIGH VISIBILITY ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN”


For Immediate Release


Date: February 8, 2024


Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI SUPER BOWL “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs February 9-11, 2024

Seneca County Sheriff Timothy J. Thompson, Jr. announced today that Seneca County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on February 9, 2024, and will end on February 11, 2024. The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives. Law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign starts on February 9, 2024, and will end on February 11, 2024.

Sheriff Thompson added, “We want you to enjoy the Super Bowl, but we also want you to be safe. Please make good decisions and have a plan for a Designated Driver if you need one.”

The STOP-DWI Super Bowl High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day/End of Summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season and St. Patrick’s Day.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

“Coffee With Your Sheriff’s Office”

Seneca County Sheriff Timothy J. Thompson, Jr. welcomes and encourages members of the Seneca County Community to join “Coffee With Your Sheriff’s Office” on Friday, March 1st, 2024, from 9:30am to 11am. Enjoy this casual, free, and interactive event at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, 6150 Route 96, Romulus, New York.

Enjoy a tour of the Law Enforcement Center and “Brew Up” conversation about interests and public safety concerns within the community over refreshments and snacks with the Sheriff, Undersheriff, and other members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Kindly RSVP to Ashley Denmark by February 28, 2024, either by phone at (315) 220-3403 or by email at adenmark@co.seneca.ny.us.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking highly motivated individuals to join its ranks. We currently have openings in the Corrections Division and Road Patrol Division. At this time, we are accepting lateral transfer applications for the civil service positions of Correction Officer and Deputy Sheriff. We offer competitive pay, attractive benefits package, and New York State Retirement.

In addition, we are also seeking part-time Correction Officers for those not seeking full-time employment.

If you would like more information on a Correction Officer position, please contact Lieutenant Joshua Kierst by phone at (315) 220-3465.

If you would like more information on a Deputy Sheriff position, please contact Lieutenant Jeffrey Steuer by phone at (315) 220-3407.

To apply, please visit the Seneca County Civil Service Employment Portal at https://seneca-portal.mycivilservice.com.

Pistol Permit Unit Update

Effective January 22, 2024, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Unit will be expanding its hours of operation in an effort to accommodate the public. The Pistol Permit Unit will be available Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm and will now also include Saturdays. All pistol permit transactions are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Pistol Permit Unit Clerk Katie Anastasio by phone at (315) 220-3430 or by email at kanastasio@co.seneca.ny.us.

Promotional and Pinning Ceremony


Promotional and Pinning Ceremony – January 10, 2024



On January 10, 2024, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Promotional and Pinning Ceremony for six of its members. These promotions were made as a result of vacancies with the recent retirements and internal movements within the organization.


Sheriff Thompson and Undersheriff Marquart are proud to announce the following:

Richard Reed was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy and will assume the duties of overall operations within the agency. Chief Deputy Reed will serve as the third in command of the Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Strohm was promoted to the rank of Investigator Lieutenant and will serve as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigation Division overseeing major crimes, narcotics enforcement, and crimes against children.

Jeffrey Steuer was promoted to the rank of Road Patrol Lieutenant and will serve as the Commanding Officer of the Road Patrol Division where he will oversee the uniformed Deputy Sheriffs and Sergeants.

Jason Ward was promoted to the rank of Investigator and will be responsible for handling felony-level criminal cases within the Criminal Investigation Division.

Brian Sahler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will be responsible for providing leadership and supervision to uniformed Deputy Sheriffs.

James Palmer was promoted to the rank of Investigator and will be responsible for handling felony-level criminal cases within the Criminal Investigation Division.

Sheriff Thompson added, “I wish these six great officers well in their new roles and look forward to seeing them continue to excel in their careers. It is our goal to celebrate our employees and their accomplishments.”

Undersheriff Marquart added, “I am very proud of them and their courage to protect and serve our County. All six are mentors and will be excellent in their new roles.”