NORWICH – Officers and employees with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, joined by family, friends and a handful of other local officials, gathered Friday evening for the 21st annual Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Awards Program, held at the Sheriff’s Office, 279 County Road 46.
Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr., in his opening remarks, recognized his entire staff, stating that he “could not do this job” without them, adding how proud he is of the sheriff’s facility, itself, which was recently re-accredited. Said Cutting of his officers and other employees, “We continue to bring a high level of service to Chenango County.”
This year’s Sheriff Joseph J. Benenati Jr. Award – named in honor of the late former sheriff and awarded to one individual in recognition of their career achievements and outstanding performance – was presented to Jail Administrator Lt. Douglas Schult, a 16-year veteran with the agency. According to Cutting, Schult began his career in 1996, and was named jail administrator in 2005. The award, he added, recognizes Schult’s “outstanding work ethic, leadership and dedication,” and Schult – over the course of his career – has “gained the respect and admiration of the entire Sheriff’s Office.”
Officer of the year awards, presented to an employee who has shown outstanding performance and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office, included Deputy Chad O’Hara (patrol); Correction Officer Edward White (corrections); Public Safety Dispatcher Pamela Bugbee (communications); and the sheriff’s facility cook, Patricia Bosshammer (civilian employee). This year’s Sgt. Michael R. Friot Memorial Award, which honors the memory of the 17-year veteran with the corrections division who passed away in 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, was presented to Correction Officer Tracy Rotundo.
Said Lt. Schult of Officer White, “Since he was hired, he’s done just about every job we’ve asked him to [and] inside the jail, he works just about every position we have.”
Said Chief Dispatcher A. Jones of Bugbee, “I have a tremendous staff and they do a tremendous job day in and day out, it’s hard for one person to stick out,” before recognizing her for her “dedication and reliability” and calling her “one of the most reliable and consistant people we have had.”..