Custody Department

Chief Custody Deputy Esteban M. Gonzalez

ChiefGonzalez_000Esteban M. Gonzalez, Certified Jail Manager (CJM), Certified Correctional Trainer (CCT), is the Chief Custody Deputy for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in Syracuse, New York where he has been employed since August 1994. He was appointed Chief Deputy in December 2012 and is responsible for the management of the Justice Center, a 671 bed Direct Supervision correctional facility with a staff of approximately 290. Additionally, he is the Immediate Past President of the American Jail Association (AJA) and is also a certified Master Instructor for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. He is a national corrections training consultant on the topics of jail management and operations, executive leadership, succession planning, programming, direct supervision and transition training. He has provided curriculum review for the National Institute of Corrections, is the author of numerous articles published in the Corrections Managers Report, American Jails magazine and appeared in the Wall Street Journal and on Fox News in 2013 regarding U.S. jails becoming the largest mental health institutions in the nation. In January 2014, he testified before the Congressional Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Review Panel, to provide a national perspective on sexual victimization in jails. He was invited to address the first Canadian Direct Supervision Symposium in Toronto, Ontario during April 2014. Gonzalez is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Columbia College. Beyond the world of corrections, he is a certified trainer for Dale Carnegie of Central New York, a franchise of Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc., a global training and development corporation with 103 years in business and international offices in over 80 countries worldwide. He has instructed hundreds of students from more than 80 CNY organizations, representing dozens of professions. He serves his national and local communities as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Jail Association, Leadership Greater Syracuse, Access CNY and has assisted with the NYS Special Olympics Winter Games by singing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the US Army National Guard, assigned to a mechanized infantry unit in Cortland, NY.

Assistant Chief Custody Deputy Kathleen Ford

Kathleen Ford, Certified Jail Manager (CJM), is the Assistant Chief Custody Deputy for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in Syracuse, New York where she has been employed since November 1996. She was appointed Assistant Chief Deputy in March 2017 and assists in the management of the Onondaga County Justice Center.   Prior to her employment at the Sheriff’s Office, she was employed at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility.  She is a member of the American Jail Association, the American Correctional Association, the New York State Sheriff’s Association and the New York Women in Law Enforcement where she serves on the board.  She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University at Brockport, where she majored in Criminal Justice (Corrections) and Psychology and is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy.  Additionally, she is a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Greater Syracuse and has been on the committee with the NYS Civil Service assisting in creating Civil Service exams.  Ford has earned the Onondaga County Personal Achievement Award in 2016 when she was promoted to Captain, being the first female to achieve the rank of Captain in the Custody Division.  Currently, she is the first female in the history of the Sheriff’s Office to achieve the rank Assistant Chief.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Custody Department, a county correctional law enforcement organization, is to ensure public safety for the citizens of Onondaga County by providing premier and cost-effective prisoner custody, security and transportation services. We will maintain the confidence that the public has placed upon us by developing a safe and secure community, through having a positive impact on the persons we detain while maintaining a humane environment at the Patrick J. Corbett Justice Center.