MARCH 4, 2014
Correction Sgt's: Cheryl Barr, Robert Pangburn,
& Shawn Sulger Promoted to Corrections Sergeant
Sheriff Thomas E. Mills Presenting
At a swearing-in ceremony
conducted by Sheriff Thomas E. Mills on March 3, 2014, corrections
officers Cheryl Barr, Robert Pangburn, and Shawn Sulger were
promoted to the rank of Corrections Sergeant at the 103-bed Delaware
County Correctional Facility in Delhi, New York.
The three officers were chosen
from a field of worthy candidates based upon their Civil Service
test scores, performance evaluations and proven work ethic. It
was noted that Sgt. Barr holds the distinction of being the first
female corrections sergeant in the history of the Delaware County
Sheriff's Office. Lt. Harold Stanton noted that when he
commenced his employment at the 28-bed jail on Delhi's village
square 24+ years ago, the only ranking officer was a sergeant.
Its larger successor, the Phoebe Lane facility, is supervised by a
Lieutenant, First Sergeant and 6 Corrections Sergeants.
Sheriff Mills directed his
closing comments concerning the historical significance of the
Office of Sheriff to a warm audience comprised of the Sergeants'
families and co-workers who had gathered to pledge their support and
extend their congratulations.
MAY 31, 2013
Correction Officer Bryan Bartow Promoted to Sergeant
At a swearing-in ceremony held
on May 31, 2013, Sheriff Thomas E. Mills of the Delaware County
Sheriff's Office announced the promotion of Correction Officer Bryan
Bartow to the rank of Corrections Sergeant, to take effect on June
In his presentation, Sheriff Mills told Officer Bartow that the rank
of Sergeant is an honor bestowed upon those who have demonstrated
outstanding leadership capabilities. "It takes hard work to earn it
and even harder work to keep it", Sheriff Mills noted. A Correction
Officer must be able to exercise extreme concentration, infinite
patience, rapid reflexes and the ability to absorb peripheral
information and respond rapidly. Lives depend upon it."
Once sworn in, Officer Bartow's wife, Eileen, beamed with pride as
she pinned the Sergeant's badge on Bartow's chest while fellow
officers looked on. While a promotion is the result of an officer's
dedication and toil, it should be noted that its significance is
strengthened by acknowledging the generous support and ungrudging
sacrifices made possible by his supportive family.
Sheriff Mills elaborated on Bartow's capabilities and mentioned many
of his accomplishments, not the least of which was his appointment
to the 4-person Transition Team established during the construction
of the Public Safety Building to monitor the construction process.
During that assignment, Bartow demonstrated his ability to stay
focused, propensity to excel and ability to achieve respect and
cooperation from people from a wide variety of disciplines and
educational backgrounds. Officer Bartow has also served for many
years as both a trainer and as an instructor at our correction
Officer Bartow joined the Sheriff's Office on April 30, 1999, after
serving in the U.S. Navy for twenty (20) years. We congratulate him
for his latest accomplishment and pledge him our support as he
embarks on yet another milestone on his chosen career path.
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Seasoned Law Enforcement Officer Will Replace
Retiring Delaware County Undersheriff
Masonville Town Supervisor and
veteran law enforcement officer Craig DuMond will soon become the
Undersheriff of Delaware County, replacing Undersheriff Douglas
“Doug” Vredenburgh who has announced his plans to retire effective
at the close of business on March 2, 2012.
Craig DuMond brings extensive administrative and field experience to
the office, earned by assuming a variety of law enforcement-related
titles and responsibilities. He is in command at the Henry Johnson
Youth Leadership Academy in South Kortright and has served as a
part-time patrol officer with the Village of Walton Police
Department since 1990.
Sheriff Mills noted, “I appointed Doug Vredenburgh as my
Undersheriff when I first assumed the role of Sheriff in 1999. We
had both retired, after serving with the New York State Police.”
While Undersheriff, Vredenburgh served as the Supervisor of the
Delaware County Drug Enforcement Unit when it was organized and also
was chosen to lead the 4-person Transition Team that worked in
conjunction with the Architect and Construction Management personnel
when building our new Public Safety Building and 100-bed
correctional facility. Sheriff Mills reflected, “Doug’s
contributions to this Office were significant – and he will be
Craig DuMond comes to the job having completed 22 years with the New
York State criminal justice system, and having risen through the
ranks to the Facilities Director for the 110-bed, state-run Allen
Residential Center in South Kortright. After such a lengthy and
distinguished career spent serving the State of New York, it only
seems fitting that he begin a new chapter of his life and continue
to serve the citizens of Delaware County.
DECEMBER 20, 2010
Deputy Sheriff Jody Proffitt promoted to Sergeant
At a swearing-in ceremony held
today, Sheriff Thomas E. Mills of the Delaware County Sheriff’s
Office announced the promotion of Deputy Sheriff Jody Proffitt to
the rank of Road Patrol Sergeant, to take effect on January 1, 2011.
In his presentation, Sheriff
Mills told Deputy Proffitt that the rank of Sergeant is an honor
bestowed upon those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership
capabilities. However, it carries with it an increased
workload, and increasingly difficult decisions. It is the Sergeant
who assumes responsibility for both his own actions as well as the
actions of the officers he supervises. He must strive to be
fair to his subordinates, respectful to his superiors and loyal to
the agency he serves. It is a difficult balancing act and not a
position to be approached timidly.
Once sworn in, Sgt. Proffitt’s
wife, Sandy, pinned the Sergeant’s badge on Proffitt’s chest, while
members of his immediate family, fellow officers and friends looked
on. During a brief speech that followed, Sgt. Proffitt acknowledged
the sacrifices his family has made in excusing him from countless
family functions throughout the years while he pursued his career.
In a small Office, such as ours, promotions are not common– which
makes them all the more memorable. All agreed, it is indeed a
pleasure to see an officer rise through the ranks.
Sheriff Mills elaborated on Proffitt’s capabilities and said that through the years Deputy
Proffitt has exemplified the high standards expected of all of the
deputies. He has worn the Office’s uniform with pride and conducted
his personal and private life in a manner that is enviable.
Proffitt’s personnel file reflects the occasions during which he has
gone the extra mile to be of service to our citizens. In
closing Sheriff Mills congratulated Sgt. Proffitt for his dedicated
service and fortitude, as well as recognizing the significance of
his recent promotion.
JUNE 9, 2009
C. O. Alan Weaver promoted to Sergeant
At a promotional ceremony
held today, Sheriff Thomas E. Mills of the Delaware County
Sheriff’s Office announced the promotion of Correction Officer
Alan Weaver to the rank of Correction Sergeant.
In his presentation,
Sheriff Mills told C. O. Weaver that the rank of Sergeant is an
honor bestowed on those who have shown outstanding leadership
capabilities. However, it carries with it grueling work,
never-ending diligence and painstaking attention to details. It
is the Sergeant who bears the responsibility for the actions of
not only himself, but also the officers he supervises. He must
strive to be fair to his subordinates, accountable to his
superiors and loyal to the agency he serves. It is a tough
balancing act and not a position to be approached by the timid.
Alan Weaver joined the
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in 2003. Many of his family
members and friends participated in the ceremony honoring his
promotion into this entry-level managerial position. Sheriff
Mills concluded the ceremony with a presentation of sergeant
stripes and the promise that Sgt. Weaver’s fellow officers and
the Sheriffs’ administration congratulate him upon his success
and stand ready to help him achieve a smooth transition.