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Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

P.J. Van Blarcum

Paul J. Van Blarcum is serving his second four-year term as Ulster County Sheriff.    During his first term, Sheriff Van Blarcum presided over the opening of the new Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in February 2007.   The following month he launched the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), appointing Undersheriff Frank Faluotico in charge.  During 2008, he initiated the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, which has resulted in regular arrests of online sexual predators. In January  2010 he deployed a team of Sheriff's Office volunteers to Haiti to help earthquake victims. 

Paul VanBlarcum joined the Sheriff’s Office in June of 1976.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1987 and has served in every division including patrol, investigations, corrections, security, civil, training, marine, and S.C.U.B.A.  He is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and in 2008 he graduated from the National Sheriff’s Institute in Colorado .His career also includes having been past president of the Ulster County Sheriff's Employees' Association and past vice-president of the Ulster County Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association.The Sheriff has completed numerous law enforcement and corrections training schools and courses.  His background includes a 1998 tour of service for the United Nations International Police Task Force in war-torn Bosnia , where he organized 'Operation Cinderella', a shoe drive that gathered over 17,000 pairs of shoes for the needy people of that country.   That same year he was awarded the Ulster County Police Chief’s Award and the Pride of Ulster County Award.   Having also served on the Onteora School Board and the Shandaken Town Council, Paul is a lifelong resident of Ulster County


Undersheriff Michael O. Freer

Michael O. FreerMichael Freer was appointed to the position of Undersheriff in January 2015. He had attained the rank of Captain of Police Services in 2007. Undersheriff Freer first joined the Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy in 1981, was promoted to Sergeant in 1986 and then to Lieutenant in 2000. A 1975 graduate of New Paltz High School , he holds two degrees in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science and Master’s, from Marist College and Boston College respectively.  A resident of Ulster County since 1959, he resides in Tillson with his wife Joanne and has four grown children, three daughters and a son.


Corrections Superintendent James R. Hanstein

James R. Hanstein James R. Hanstein has was appointed by the Sheriff as Corrections Superintendent on August 10, 2009.  His thirty-one years of law enforcement experience include twenty in a supervisory role. Jim began his career with the Sheriff’s Department, rising through the ranks over the course of 11 years to become Detective Sergeant and Detective Lieutenant.  As Detective Lieutenant, he supervised and handled all internal investigations in the Corrections Division. Jim has spent the past 20 years with Federal Bureau of Investigations. His last assignment with the FBI was Supervisor of the Undercover Sensitive Operations Unit (USOU). This unit is responsible for all support logistics for all undercover operations in the Northeast region of the United States. He served as the surveillance coordinator during the Beltway Sniper Case. His resume includes being a member of the FBI New York Office Employee Assistance Program (EAP), serving as a Counselor, an FBI-certified Critical Incident Manager, and experience handling EEO matters during his tenure at the FBI.

Chief Civil Officer John McGovern

Donald Ryan John M. McGovern was appointed Chief Civil Officer in 2013 and is responsible for the operation of the Civil Division and Pistol Permit Unit. As such, he oversees the service of legal process, income and property executions, execution of warrants of eviction, seizures, civil arrest warrants and issuance of pistol licenses. He is a 1993 graduate of New York University School of Law with over 20 years experience in property management and landlord/tenant litigation, a former Assistant District Attorney and a certified General Topics Police Instructor. Mr. McGovern has completed a 70 hour comprehensive course in civil procedure at the New York State Sheriff's Association Institute as well as 105 Hours of Police Supervision training with the Ulster County Law Enforcement Training Group.

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