Historic Transition at Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Begins

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Sheriff-Elect Toulon Seeking Candidates for Position of Undersheriff

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YAPHANK, NY – Today, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent. F. DeMarco and Sheriff-Elect Errol Toulon, Jr. jointly announced the establishment of a Transition Office at the County Sheriff’s Office located at 200 Suffolk Avenue in Yaphank. 

Errol Toulon, Jr. will become Suffolk County’s 67th Sheriff when he assumes the position on January 1, 2018.  The Sheriff’s Office is steeped in historic significance -- encompassing more than three centuries of continuous service to Long Island.   Sheriff-Elect Toulon will also be Suffolk County’s first African-American Sheriff when he is officiated as the County’s highest ranking law enforcement official.  A celebratory inaugural ceremony will take place in early January, which will be open to the public. 

Sheriff-Elect Toulon kicked off his first day at the Sheriff’s Office meeting with executive staff and toured the Yaphank Correctional Facility with Sheriff DeMarco.  He spoke with Correction Officers about their work and said he intends to meet with small groups of Deputy Sheriffs, Correction Officers and civilian staff during his first sixty days. He stated, “I want to create an environment over the course of this transition that encourages our employees to share their ideas and ways in which I can support their professional growth. Over the next few weeks, I will be assessing staff levels, learning about the inner workings of the Sheriff’s Office and fine-tuning my agenda for my first six months in Office.” 

Sheriff DeMarco, who decided not to run for re-election last spring, has pledged to work closely with the incoming Sheriff to ensure a smooth transfer of power.  “Today marks the beginning of a significant time in our County’s history. Errol has a deep understanding of our mission and has the experience to lead this Office from day one. I am pleased to provide him with the support he needs to get off to the very best start, and we will work closely during the next few weeks to ensure Suffolk’s residents are well-served from the outset of his Administration.”

In addition to the establishment of the Transition Office, Sheriff-Elect Toulon announced that he will be seeking resumes for the position of Undersheriff.  There are two vacancies.

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of full-time law enforcement experience, as well as strong management and analytical skills.  The position is in the exempt class and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the Sheriff.

Qualified candidates will also have:

-          Experience in managing confidential and large-scale investigations, and have a demonstrated ability to work with local, state and federal criminal justice agencies

-          Experience in long-range agency planning, and in developing and implementing agency policies and procedures

-          The ability to express ideas, policies and other matters professionally in the written and verbal form

-          Experience in interacting with elected officials, department heads, and the public

-          Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

 The Undersheriff is expected to perform the following duties:

-          Assume the responsibilities of the Sheriff in his absence

-          Provide direct oversight of the Sheriff’s Office’s managerial and senior supervisory law enforcement personnel, under the overall supervision of the Sheriff 

-          Responsibility for enforcing agency rules and regulations, including disciplinary matters, and assist the Sheriff with maintaining order and the efficient operation of all aspects of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office

-          Exercise strong leadership by encouraging professionalism and adherence to a high level of ethical standards throughout the organization

-          Perform specific duties as assigned by the Sheriff

Candidates are encouraged to submit their resume with a cover letter via email to SheriffsTransition@gmail.com by the close of business on December 22, 2017.

Suffolk County is an equal opportunity employer.

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