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Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation MCSO
Motto RITE
"Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence"
Agency Overview
Formed 1821
Legal personality Governmental agency
Jurisdictional Structure
Divisional agency County (US) of Monroe in the State of New York , USA
Map of New York highlighting Monroe County.svg
Map of Monroe County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 1,366 square miles (3,540 km2)
Population 735,343 (2000)
General nature
  • Local civilian agency
Operational Structure
Headquarters Rochester, New York
Agency executive Patrick M. O'Flynn, Sheriff
Stations 6
Jails 2
Police Boats 3
Official website

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) provides law enforcement for Monroe County which is located in Western New York State. The sheriff's office's constitutional authority is to operate the county jail and provide a civil function. However, as with most counties in N.Y., the MCSO also provides a wide range of police services as well and provides physical and operational security to the courts (City, County, Family and State).


The MCSO is led by the Sheriff who is elected by the residents of Monroe County and serves a 4-year term. The Sheriff is considered the highest police official in the county. The second-in-command is the Undersheriff who is appointed by the Sheriff and is in charge in the Sheriff's absence. The third highest-ranking member of the department is the Chief Deputy.

By New York State Constitution, the Sheriff is the Warden of the county jail. The Jail Bureau is the largest component of the Sheriff's Office, overseeing an inmate population of around 1,400 and operates both a Jail and a Correctional Facility.

The Sheriff's Office operates a large road patrol force which patrols the towns within Monroe County that do not have their own police patrols, although the MCSO has jurisdiction throughout the county. The Sheriff's Office is also responsible for primary police patrols at the Greater Rochester International Airport as well as the many parks throughout the county. Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit patrol the coastline of Lake Ontario as well as Irondequoit Bay. The Police Bureau also features a mounted unit, as well as a traffic enforcement unit. Specialized units consist of Bomb Squad, SWAT, Hostage Recovery, SCUBA, Technical Services (Crime Scene), and K9.

The other major unit of the Police Bureau is the Criminal Investigation Section which investigates all major crimes responded to by Sheriff's deputies as well as assisting other area law enforcement agencies.

The Court Security Bureau provides security at the Hall of Justice as well as at the State Appellate Court building.

In 2011, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was named the 2011 Public Safety Uniform Award in the County Sheriff's/Police Department category by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD).

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


The Current Administration is:

  • Sheriff: Patrick M O'Flynn
  • Undersheriff: Andrew Forsythe
  • (Police Bureau) Chief Deputy: David Phelps
  • (Police Bureau) Major: Lou Tomassetti
  • (Staff Services) Commander: Michael Fowler
  • Jail Superintendent: Ronald Harling
  • (Police Bureau) Captain - A-Zone Captain John Ott
  • (Police Bureau) Captain - B-Zone Captain Jeffrey Wagner
  • (Police Bureau) Captain - C-Zone Captain Jeffrey DelGudico
  • (Police Bureau) Captain - SSG Captain Paul DeLella
  • (Police Bureau) Captain - CIS Captain Douglas Comanzo
  • Civil Bureau Chief: Philip Gombatto
  • Court Security Chief: Kenneth Willis
  • (Jail Bureau) Major: Timothy Horan
  • (Jail Bureau) Major: Edward Krenzer
  • Public Information Officer (PIO) Corporal John Helfer
  • Historian - QM Tim Allen
  • Procurement Officer - QM Tim Allen


The county is divided into the following 3 zones:

Zone Communities
A East Rochester, Fairport, Irondequoit, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Webster
B Brighton, Henrietta, Honeoye Falls, Rush, Mendon, Scottsville, Wheatland
C Brockport, Chili, Churchville, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Hilton, Ogden, Parma, Riga, Spencerport, Sweden

Other Stations

Special Services Group

  • Parks Patrol
  • Marine Unit
  • Horse Mounted Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement/Tactical Unit
  • SWAT
  • Community Services to include DARE
  • K-9
  • Bomb Squad
  • Hostage Recovery Team
  • Scuba
  • ATV, Bike and Snowmobile

Airport Security Unit

  • All Police Services at the Greater Rochester International Airport


  • Administrative/Staff Services:

- Training Unit - Recruitment - Standards and Compliance - Property & Evidence - Fleet - Quartermaster - Records Unit - Historian

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Internal Affairs


Formed in 1821 with the creation of Monroe County (so named in honor of James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States), the new County was carved from Ontario and Genesee Counties with Rochester named as the County seat. The Sheriff of Monroe County in his duties as the enforcement arm of the Courts, carried out a total of seven executions by hanging before NYS took over Capital Punishment in 1888. Although carried out of the public view, they were such an event that the Militia had to be called out for crowd control. Over these many decades, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has become one of the premier law enforcement and corrections agencies in the State of New York and of the Nation. The MCSO is both accredited by the State of New York and nationally by CALEA. For more information on the history of the MCSO, copies of The History of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office are available for sale for $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping (all proceeds benefit the Sheriff's Awards Program). Contact: QM Todd Allen, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 130 Plymouth Ave., South, Rochester, New York 14614.

Name Tenure Name Tenure Name Tenure
James Seymour 1821–1822
Isaac H. Sutherland 1869 Charles S. Owen January 1, 1915 – December 31, 1917
John T. Patterson 1823–1825 Joseph B. Campbell 1870–1872 Andrew Wiedenmann January 1, 1918 – December 31, 1920
James K. Livingston 1829–1831 Charles S. Campbell 1873–1875 Frederick S. Couchman January 1, 1921 – November 17, 1921
Ezra M. Parsons 1832–1835 Henry E. Richmond 1876–1878 Henry W. Morse November 18, 1921 – December 31, 1923
Elias Pond 1836–1837 James K. Burlingame 1879–1881 Franklin W. Judson January 1, 1924 – December 31, 1925
Darius Perrin 1838–1840 Francis A. Schoeffel 1882–1884 Albert H. Baker January 1, 1926 – December 31, 1928
Charles L. Pardee 1841–1843 John W. Hannan 1885–1887
Fred D. Budd January 1, 1929 – December 31, 1931
Hiram Sibley 1844–1846 Thomas C. Hodgson 1888–1890 William C. Stallknecht January 1, 1932 – December 31, 1934
George Hart 1847–1849 Burton H. Davy 1891–1893 James E. Malley January 1, 1935 – December 31, 1937
Octavius P. Chamberlain 1850–1852 John U. Schroth 1897–1899 Albert W. Skinner January 1, 1938 – December 31, 1973
Chauncey B. Woodworth 1853–1855 Thomas W. Ford 1900–1902 William F. Lombard January 1, 1974 – December 31, 1979
Alexander Babcock 1856–1858 Charles H. Bailey 1903–1905 Andrew P. Meloni January 1, 1980 – May 2001
Hiram Smith 1859–1861 William H. Craig 1906 – December 31, 1908 Patrick M. O'Flynn May 2001 – present
James H. Warren 1862–1864 Willis K. Gillette January 1, 1909 – December 31, 1911
Alonzo Chapman 1865–1867 Harley E. Hamil January 1, 1912 – March 11, 1914
Caleb Moore 1868 George R. Brown March 12, 1914 – December 31, 1914

Fallen officers

Since the establishment of the Monroe County Sheriff Office, 8 officers have died in the line of duty.

Officer Date of Death Details
Deputy Simon J. Bermingham
Wednesday, January 10, 1912
Deputy William Marshall
Wednesday, April 3, 1946
Automobile accident
Deputy John Pullano
Thursday, May 16, 1957
Motorcycle accident
Undersheriff George A. Conway
Monday, September 13, 1965
Automobile accident
Deputy Frank E. Dombrowski
Friday, February 6, 1970
Automobile accident
Sergeant Robert M. (Whitey) Skelton Jr.
Friday, June 23, 1972
Vehicular assault
Sergeant Peter J. Rotolo
Friday, September 20, 1974
Heart attack
Corporal Catherine M. Crawford
Sunday, March 5, 1995
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