Article 21 - Sheriff - Charter

Section 2101. Election.
  2102. Powers and duties.
  2103. Deputies and employees.
  2104. Jail Management Division.
  2105. Police Services Division.
  2106. Correctional Health Division

Section 2101. Election. There shall be a Sheriff who shall be elected from the County at large. His or her term of office shall begin with the first day of January next following his or her election and shall be for four years except as otherwise provided in this Charter. At the time of his or her election and throughout his or her term of office he or she shall be a qualified elector of the County. He or she shall devote his or her whole time to the duties of his or her office and shall hold no other public office.

Section 2102. Powers and duties. The Sheriff shall have and exercise all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred or imposed upon him by any applicable law. He or she shall perform such additional and related duties as may be prescribed by local law.

Section 2103. Deputies and employees.  The employees of the Erie County Sheriff's Office shall be in the classified service under the provisions of the Civil Service Law of the State of New York, and shall be subject to and governed and controlled by the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service as follows:

    1. All personnel employed by the Sheriff of Erie County in the following titles, shall be within the competitive class of the classified service: Assistant Chief Deputy, Criminal; Deputy Sheriff, Criminal; Deputy Sheriff, Officer; Corrections Officer; Senior Communications Officer; Communications Officer, Chief Identification Officer; Identification Officer; Principal Guard; Jail Guard; Hospital Guard.
    2. Personnel holding the following titles shall be within the non-competitive class of the classified service: Chief Criminal Deputy; Chief Deputy Civil; Chief of Administration; Chief of Technology and Technical Criminal Services; Superintendents of Jails; First Deputy Superintendents; Cook; Assistant Cook; Registered Nurse; Hospital Guard (PT); Special Deputy (PT).
    3. Personnel holding the following titles shall be within the exempt class of the classified service: Chaplain.

Amended by Local Law No. 1-2017.

Section 2104. Jail Management Division.  The Sheriff shall appoint the Superintendent of the Jail Management Division to serve at his or her pleasure.  The Erie County Jail and Correctional Facility shall be known hence forth as the Jail Management Division.  Whenever the terms "Erie County Jail", "County Jail" or "Erie County Correctional Facility" when used in reference to the Erie County Jail or Correctional Facility, or any variations of these terms appear in this Charter, the Erie County Administrative Code, or in any other statute, local law or ordinance, they shall be deemed as applying to the Jail Management Division.

Amended by Local Law No. 1-2017.

Section 2105. Police Services Division.  There shall be a Police Services Division.  The Sheriff shall appoint a Chief Criminal Deputy to oversee the division who shall serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff.  It shall be the duty of the Police Services Division to act as conservator of the peace, to prevent and detect crime, and to apprehend criminals.

Amended by Local Law No. 1-2017.

Section 2106.  Correctional Health Division.  There shall be a Division of Correctional Health and it shall be headed by a First Deputy Superintendent — Compliance and a Director of Correctional Health Services.  The First Deputy Superintendent — Compliance shall be appointed by the Sheriff and serve at his or her pleasure.  The Director of Correctional Health Services shall be in the competitive class.

Added by Local Law No. 1-2017.
Article 21 was formerly numbered Article 22, which was formerly numbered Article XV.

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-2208

Department of Law
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Rm 1634
Buffalo, New York 14202