Sheriff Richard Cutting
Michael Badger, Undersheriff
Sheriff Richard Cutting has been a lifelong resident of Essex County. After a tour of duty with the Marines, he began his career with the Essex County Sheriff's Office in 1977 as a Deputy Sheriff. During his tenure, he has served the Sheriff’s Office in the jail, the criminal/traffic enforcement, civil, has been a Lieutenant, Jail Administrator, Undersheriff and after the tragic loss of Sheriff Henry Hommes to cancer, Sheriff Cutting was appointed Sheriff and ran a successful campaign in 2010.
Sheriff Cutting is a graduate of North Country Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice and was a member of the 100th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute Leadership Program. Sheriff Cutting had many “firsts” for Essex County. He was the first Essex County Deputy to become a certified Police and Corrections Instructor, was one of the first firearms instructors and was the first Jail Administrator. He was also one of the founding members of the Empire State Law Enforcement Training Network.
Essex County has made some tremendous progress in the 21st century. We moved from our 100+ year old, 24 bed facility into a state of the art Public Safety Building housing the Sheriff’s Office, a 120 bed Correctional Facility, a 9-1-1 center and a wing for the New York State Police that houses the former Westport Barracks and the Zone 3 Headquarters.
Essex County, home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics has a population of 37,686 and is the second largest county in New York State at 1,916 square miles.