12-07-23 The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Undersheriff

Location: Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Salary: $111,796

Hours of work: Variable. On call 24/7.


Distinguishing Features of the Class:
This position is made through appointment by the Sheriff. The Undersheriff is responsible for the daily supervision of all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, acts as the Sheriff’s second in command, and serves as a confidential advisor to the Sheriff. The Undersheriff acts under the authority of the Sheriff in all decisions of the Office in the Sheriff’s absence. The Undersheriff is responsible for commanding, directing and controlling the Civil, Administration, Correction, Custody, and Police Departments operating within the Sheriff’s Office, which includes nearly 800 sworn and civilian personnel. The Undersheriff has direct supervision and command over the Community Relations Division, the Internal Affairs Unit and the Public Information Officer, with additional direct supervision responsibilities as required and determined by the Sheriff. The Undersheriff builds policy and written directives based on the needs of the Office, with best practices identified within the law enforcement and public safety fields. The Undersheriff is responsible for ensuring agency compliance with all applicable professional accreditation standards.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:
Assists the Sheriff in planning and coordinating the activities of the various departments and divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.
Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Sheriff’s Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed.
Executes all Sheriff’s Office policies, directives, rules and regulations, and assumes command responsibilities in the Sheriff’s absence.
Reviews current operations to determine efficiency and effectiveness and recommends and implements solutions for improvement.
Reviews and designs organizational structure.
Develops and implements best practice policies and procedures, based on legal information and previous law enforcement experience.
Manages and executes all formal discipline.
Directs operations of all Sheriff’s Office departments, to include Civil, Administration, Correction, Custody, and Police.
Prepares budget recommendations.
Participates in collective bargaining management.
Manages complex and sensitive criminal investigations.
Directs Homeland Security Operations.
Coordinates with outside organizations and agencies to ensure efficient operations of the Office of the Sheriff.
Interacts with the County Legislature, County Executive’s Office, County department heads, businesses and municipal County, State,                    Federal and tribal officials and law enforcement agencies.
Demonstrates a positive working relationship with the public.
Addresses civic and educational groups on law enforcement-related topics.
Maintains and attains accreditation certification as directed.
Responds to and commands unusual occurrences as required, and advises the Sheriff on all aspects of Sheriff’s Office operations as                    required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of law enforcement management and command.

Comprehensive knowledge of modern investigatory practices and techniques and rules of evidence.

Thorough knowledge of the New York State Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law and local laws, ordinances and              regulations pertaining to police activities.
Thorough knowledge of the budget process, including the ability to keep expenditures within limits set.
Thorough knowledge of what constitutes evidence, and how to safeguard and process it.
Thorough knowledge of legal terminology encountered in police work.

Working knowledge of NYS, ACA and CALEA public safety accreditation programs.
Ability to interpret laws and regulations.
Ability to analyze complex law enforcement and security issues and develop solutions.
Ability to define problems, collect data, and make logical conclusions based on fact.
Ability to make decisions, solve practical problems and deal with concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Ability to work as a team member with other law enforcement and multi-jurisdictional agencies.
Ability to communicate and present information effectively and respond to questions from managers, citizens, elected officials, and                        members of the media.

Ability to plan and supervise the work of others engaged in corrections and police work.
Ability to read, understand and interpret written material.
Ability to maintain composure and work effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
Strong and effective interpersonal skills in bringing people together to solve problems.
Good powers of observation.
Effective supervisory skills, with the ability to lead and delegate tasks and authority.

Minimum Qualifications:

Suitable candidates must have a minimum of ten (10) years of full-time law enforcement experience. Candidates must have a strong knowledge of modern law enforcement practices, to include: law enforcement role and authority, use of force, patrol, traffic, criminal investigations, juvenile operations, special operations, critical incident management, crime prevention, evidence collection and preservation, property control, victim/witness assistance, training, detainee transport, processing and holding, legal process and professional accreditation. Candidate must have experience that includes: management and administration, written policies and procedures, fiscal management, personnel management and processes that include recruitment, Civil Service, selection, promotion, training, performance evaluation, investigating personnel complaints, dealing with collective bargaining units, discipline, and planning, directing and managing sworn and civilian personnel.  Must have at least a high school diploma; some college and experience in each of the Sheriff’s divisions (custody/corrections, civil, police) is preferred.  Onondaga County residency is preferred.

Management Confidential, non-competitive. Any active member of NYSLRS, please send resume and qualifications to Sheriff Shelley, 407 S. State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 by January 31, 2024.






12-07-23 The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff Community Service Officer
Location: Onondaga County Justice Center, South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202
Salary: $40,938-$51,054
Hours of work: Variable, as it requires working shift, weekends and holidays
Official job description, including minimum qualifications, can be found on the Personnel page at www.ongov.net.
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.

Name and address/email where applications/resumes should be directed:
Chief Maureen Murphy
407 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a qualified candidate to join their team as a Deputy Sheriff Community Service Officer. This is a sworn security support position that facilitates the operation of the Onondaga County Justice Center. The employee will support Custody staff members in carrying out the operations of a maximum security holding facility. Although the position works within a secured setting, it is not required to perform as a Deputy Sheriff (Custody) in the maintaining of security of the facility. It will function in several support areas such as Justice Center, Civic Center and County Office Building lobby control, Booking and Records, Property Control and related support services. Successful candidates will be subject to a polygraph examination, a comprehensive background investigation and fingerprinting. The cost of
fingerprinting is $88.75, which the candidate will be responsible for.
Minimum Qualifications
Open Competitive: One (1) year of full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, which must have included face-to-face contact with customers or the public. PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT Successful candidate will be appointed provisionally and must take the corresponding Civil Service exam, scheduled for a later date, and place high enough on the list to qualify for permanent appointment.
Accepting applications until the position is filled.
Onondaga County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


12-07-23 The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is current seeking candidates to fill openings for the position of Deputy Sheriff Custody at the Onondaga County Justice Center. This is a provisionally appointed position. Pursuant to the Civil Service Rules for provisional appointments, you would be required to take the next exam for this title, pass and be reachable for permanent appointment.

Hours of work are variable as it requires working shift, weekends and holidays.


Annual Leave Overview

1 yr – 4 yr 5 yr – 9 yr 10 yr – 14 yr 15 yr 16+yr
11 days 16 days 17 days 21 days 22 days

Health insurance eligibility will begin 90 days following date of hire.

Interested candidates will be subject to a polygraph examination, background investigation, psychological evaluation, medical examination with drug screening and fingerprinting with a cost of $88.75

For further information, to set up a tour of the facility or to submit your interest, please email our Human Resources Section at SH-HumanResources@ongov.net  Accepting applications until the position is filled.


Click HERE to view agency recruitment video.



The purpose of this 10-week fitness program is to assist you in successfully completing the Physical Training Portion of the Onondaga County CNY Regional Law Enforcement Academy. The Academy has very high standards utilizing solid discipline requirements with an emphasis on physical conditioning. The Academy is a highly rigorous program which prepares the recruit for entry into the Field Training Program.

Do not overestimate your abilities or underestimate the Academy program. This combination is a recipe for your premature resignation from the Academy due to failing to adequately prepare.

This web based program is focused on the functional fitness aspect of this program. Specifically, improving physical performance through training and nutrition. It provides photographs and descriptions of exercises used at the Academy, and will help prepare candidates for the physical aspects they will encounter. Upon arriving at the Academy, recruits are expected to have completed this 10-week program.

This web based program is a work in progress. While we have features in mind for future updates, we’d also like your feedback and suggestions. Please use the feedback feature to submit your comments and suggestions.

Fitness Disclaimer

This fitness and nutritional information is designed for educational purposes only and is for healthy individuals, 18 years and older.

You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation. By using this information, you acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to consult with your physician regarding both your medical fitness to engage in this exercise program and any medical or physical conditions which might arise during the course of your exercise program. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you agree to consult with a physician or other health-care professional. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately and arrange to be seen and evaluate by a physician.

This fitness and nutritional information is to be used solely at your own risk. All exercise poses possible risk of injury or death, depending upon your underlying medical condition. The County of Onondaga and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office will not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained as a result of using any fitness and nutritional program presented and/or discussed in this Application.


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