Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department at full strength after Zurlo fills vacancies

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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— Saratoga County Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo on Thursday announced seven promotions and the appointment of four new deputies.

The promotions and appointments fill vacancies created with the retirement of longtime sheriff James D. Bowen and other recent retirements and vacancies, he said.

“We’re at full strength at this point,” said Zurlo, a retired sheriff’s investigator elected in November after Bowen decided to retire.

Zurlo named Richard Castle his chief deputy, the person in charge of the department’s day-to-day law enforcement activities. The position has been vacant since the middle of last year, when Edward Rooney retired.

Castle has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 1989, rising through the ranks from desk officer to road deputy, sergeant and, most recently, lieutenant.

“I share Sheriff Zurlo’s commitment to advance training and modernization of the entire agency,” Castle said.

Zurlo also promoted Jeffrey R. Brown and Glenn Sheehy to the rank of lieutenant. Brown, who has been with the department since 1998, will oversee the department’s eight investigators. Sheehy, previously a road patrol sergeant, will be in charge of the road patrol.

Deputies David K. Heustis and Courtney L. Salaway were promoted to investigator. Heustis has been with the department since 2006, as has Salaway.

Guy G. Gurney III, a deputy since 2005, was promoted to the rank of sergeant, as was Roger M. Zalucky, who has been with the department since 2003.

“The men and women promoted today have earned their opportunity through their hard work, dedication and possessing the right mix of skills needed to keep our department moving forward and our community safe,” Zurlo said.

Named new road patrol deputies were Andrew C. Cannito, who is in the Army Reserve and most recently was with the town of Clifton Park security patrol; Matthew J. Kavanaugh, who was previously with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department; Andrew R. Freedman, who was previously with the Canajoharie Police Department; and Michael R. Zappone II, who was previously with the SUNY Plattsburgh police.

Because the changes announced at a ceremony Thursday all involve filling vacancies, Zurlo said there will be no additional cost to his budget, though it will put more deputies on the road. None of the four new officers will need to attend police academy before starting work.

The Sheriff’s Department has an authorized strength of 115 officers assigned to law enforcement, which Castle said makes it the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in the Capital Region, after the three big-city police departments.

The Sheriff’s Department has about 240 employees when civilian employees and corrections officers are added to the total.

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