SGT. THEODORE “TED” TISKA
Delaware County Employee of the Month
Sgt. Tiska began working for the Delaware County
Sheriff’s Office in March, 1984 assigned to the Correctional Facility.
In 1988, he graduated from the Police Academy and was reassigned to the
Road Patrol as a Deputy Sheriff. As Sergeant, he supervises the road
patrol Deputies, participates in high profile cases and prepares and
administers the Highway Safety grants for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Tiska is a valuable and dependable team
player, who personifies what a lawman is supposed to be, and leads by
example. He represents the Sheriff’s Office with decorum at various
community functions and has earned the accolades of neighboring law
enforcement agencies and appreciative citizens.
In 1993 Sgt. Tiska was honored by the NYS
Assembly at the first Annual Delaware County STOP-DWI recognition
breakfast for his efforts to lower the number of alcohol-related deaths
in Delaware County. Sgt. Tiska’s file also contains letters recognizing
him for his efforts in serving the multi-jurisdictional drug task force
and he routinely participates in drug raids throughout Delaware County.
Sgt. Tiska has also performed admirably during
the floods of 2006 and 2007. Included in a letter of appreciation
written to Sgt. Tiska is a paragraph that helps categorize the man and
accurately reflects upon the strength of his character.
“The flood was of catastrophic proportion and
the State of Emergency issued in Delaware County lasted longer than any
we had ever experienced. The hours you spent on patrol dragged on
interminably and the repetition of addressing dangerous circumstances
was often tedious. Nonetheless, you handled your assignments with your
usual thoroughness, good humor and patience. In years to come, we will
recall how we all hunkered down together to combat the rage of Mother
Nature and the professional friendships that were strengthened by the
bonds of mutual, and often heroic experiences.”
Recently Sgt. Tiska was instrumental in securing
a grant in excess of $57,000 from the Governor’s Traffic Safety
Council. The grant provided us with laptop computers for our road
patrol vehicles which link us with other law enforcement agencies
throughout New York State and allows access to a state-wide data base
that contributes greatly to the efficiency, security and safety of our
What Sgt. Tiska likes most about the job is that each day presents a new
challenge; either from the administrative perspective or through unique
developments in the field.
Ted is married to Maria, a Corrections Officer.
They have two sons, Ben, who graduated from Sidney High School this year
and plans to attend Albany University and, Sam, who will start his
Junior year in high school this fall. Ted’s two brothers, Gregg and Dan
are also involved in law enforcement. Gregg works at the 911 Center in
Sidney and Dan is employed at the Youth Leadership Academy in South
Kortright. Both also serve as part-time Corrections Officers.
Ted’s spare time is spent hunting, fishing,
boating and working around the house.
Ted can be counted upon to come forward whenever
needed. He is a good listener and maintains his poise under pressure.
Ted has gained the respect of his peers by behaving like a gentleman
while performing as a lawman. Throughout his many years of service, he
has sustained his dedication, ambition and enthusiasm and is truly
deserving recognition as Employee of the Month.
Congratulations, Ted, and thank you.