David E. Harder, Sheriff
Fredrick Askhar, Undersheriff
Sheriff David E. Harder has been a member of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office since January 1, 1964. Sheriff Harder was Broome County’s first Warrant Officer, as well as the County’s first Narcotics Officer. Before being elected to the Office of Sheriff in 1998, Harder was a Sheriff’s Detective for over 25 years and attained the rank of Detective Sergeant. Sheriff Harder, in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been instrumental in developing and implementing numerous statewide reporting procedures such as the Standardized Incident Report, the Standardized Arrest Report, and the Standardized Domestic Incident Report. He has also been on the Statewide Criminal Justice Data Dictionary committee for over 10 years. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council and also serves as a member of SEPP, Inc. (Serving the Elderly through Project Planning). In 2002, Governor Pataki appointed Sheriff Harder to the New York State Arson Board. Harder is a past recipient of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Carl F. Draxler Award. He has also been honored several times by the American Legion as the State, County and Local Policeman of the Year. The Sheriff also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the 48th Rifle Company. Broome County has a population of 197,000 and encompasses 850 square miles.