Resolution J5172-2013

Honoring Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh upon the occasion of his retirement after 20 years of distinguished service as Onondaga County Sheriff



  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh upon the occasion
of  his  retirement  after 20 years of distinguished service as Onondaga
County Sheriff

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and honor
those distinguished citizens  who  would  devote  themselves  to  public
service protection, demonstrating great courage and diligence in provid-
ing  for  the  care and welfare of the citizens of their communities and
this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of  New  York  there  are
certain  individuals  who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community  for  their  exem-
plary contributions and service on behalf of others; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Sheriff Kevin
E. Walsh upon the occasion of his retirement after 20 years  of  distin-
guished service as Onondaga County Sheriff; and
  WHEREAS,  Kevin  E.  Walsh  was  raised  in Skaneateles, New York, and
attended college at SUNY Oswego, Oswego, New York; and
  WHEREAS, After graduation, Kevin E. Walsh entered  the  United  States
Army  serving as a military policeman in Korea and Germany, and later as
a helicopter door gunner on more than 250 combat  missions  in  Vietnam,
where  he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with nine clus-
ters; and
  WHEREAS, Following his military service, Kevin  E.  Walsh  joined  the
Onondaga  County  Sheriff's Office in 1966 as a deputy sheriff, where he
subsequently held several high-profile  positions  including:  Detective
Commander, Director of the Police Academy, and Commander of the Northern
Police  District;  he  was  credited  with founding the Sheriff's Office
Abused Persons Unit, and the Rape Prevention Program, prior to  retiring
as Captain in 1986; and
  WHEREAS,  From  1986  to  1994,  Kevin  E. Walsh served as Director of
Public Safety at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry,
during which time he was elected  to  the  Onondaga  County  Legislature
serving three terms, and as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee from
1990 to 1994; and
  WHEREAS,  Kevin E. Walsh was elected Onondaga County Sheriff in Novem-
ber 1994, and over the course of  his  career,  oversaw  many  important
changes  to  the  department  including:  the transition from the Public
Safety Building Jail to the  state-of-the-art  Onondaga  County  Justice
Center,  educational programming for inmates, community policing, expan-
sion of the DARE program, and Sheriff bicycle patrols; and
  WHEREAS, Kevin E. Walsh also founded the Air-1-Task Force,  which  led
to  the replacement of an aging airship with a state-of-the-art helicop-
ter which provided valuable services in law enforcement, fire and  emer-
gency services; and
  WHEREAS,  During his tenure as Onondaga County Sheriff, Kevin E. Walsh
oversaw many high  profile  investigations  including:  John  Jamelske's
underground dungeon, the Stacy Castor murder case, the Jenni Lynn Watson
investigation, and the traffic stop taser incident in 2009; and
  WHEREAS,  Additionally, as an active member of the community, Kevin E.
Walsh has served as a volunteer at  the  Rape  Crisis  Center,  American
Legion, Knights of Columbus, Onondaga Citizens League, St. Patrick's Day
Parade  Committee, St. Rose of Lima Church, Vietnam Veterans of America,
Military Order of the Purple Heart, and as an adjunct faculty member  at
Keuka Community College; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout his career, Kevin E. Walsh's numerous professional
affiliations  have  included the New York State Law Enforcement Training

Directors Association, E-911 Advisory Committee, the National  Sheriff's
Association, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board; and
  WHEREAS,  Kevin E. Walsh will officially retire on Wednesday, December
31, 2014, as Onondaga County's longest serving  Sheriff,  having  served
five terms in the position; and
  WHEREAS,  Currently,  Kevin  E.  Walsh  resides in North Syracuse, New
York, with his wife, Joan, a former emergency room nurse, and the couple
has three adult children, Shannon, Kelly and Kevin; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that those  dedi-
cated public servants, who unselfishly devote their lives to the preser-
vation  of  order and the protection of others, are worthy of praise for
their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Sheriff  Kevin E. Walsh upon the occasion of his retirement after
more than 20 years of distinguished service as Onondaga County  Sheriff;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh.


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