James Voutour

James Voutour
Niagara County Sheriff

Sheriff Voutour is a lifelong resident of Niagara County. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from SUNY Brockport in 1988. He began his career as a police officer with the Jamestown Police Department in 1993 after graduating from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s pre-service academy in 1992. He then accepted a position as a deputy sheriff with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office in September of 1993 and moved thru the ranks of Sergeant, Captain and Chief Deputy of Patrol before running for the office of sheriff in 2008.  He is a graduate of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute, session 2.  On January 1st, 2009, Sheriff Voutour was sworn in as the 56th Sheriff of Niagara County, dating back to 1808.
Sheriff Voutour is an active volunteer with the United Way of Niagara, a member of the Board of Directors for the SPCA and a member of Fight Crime, Invest in Kids. He is also a graduate of Leadership Niagara (2008).  He is also an active member with the Niagara Police Athletic League and participates with “shop with a cop” in December each year.
Sheriff Voutour has promoted a strong recruiting, hiring and promoting program for females and minorities since taking office and has been instrumental in securing nearly 1 million dollars in grants to help fight crime within Niagara County.
Sheriff Voutour is committed to the importance of technology in law enforcement and recognizes the need to stay current to effectively operate the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Voutour is a former college and professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers organization and he resides in Lockport with his wife Pilar and daughters Julia and Lydia.

In November 2012 Sheriff Voutour was elected to his second term as Niagara County Sheriff.

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